The new solar power facility, which is spread over an area of about 900 acres, is expected to generate clean electricity, enough to power around 35,000 homes.

Commenting on the project, EDF Renewable Energy West Region vice president Mark Tholke said that the Catalina Solar is a strategic project for EDF Renewable Energy as it represents its largest utility-scale photovoltaic solar plant developed in North America.

Bechtel Communications, Renewables, and Transmission Business Line president Toby Seay said, "The successful completion of this project on behalf of EDF Renewable Energy will help make solar more cost competitive with other sources of energy.

"The build of facilities like Catalina will help spur innovation around solar technologies and strengthen our use of clean, renewable power."

The solar project also features a 7.2-mile transmission line that connects the facility to the substation.