San Diego County has approved a permit for a 108-acre solar farm to be built in Jacumba Hot Springs.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve a Major Use Permit that will allow Jacumba Solar LLC to build a plant that could generate enough electricity to power 5,00 homes.
The future site of the plant is located about two and a half miles east of the town adjacent to the United States-Mexico international border fence.
The 304-acre site is close to San Diego Gas & Electric’s East County Substation, allowing for the transmission of generated power from the plant to the station through a 1,500-foot-long transmission line.
County staff said that the plant would help the region meet state goals of producing one-half of all electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
The plan calls for more than 81,000 photovoltaic panels to be installed on close to 2,200 tilted panel racks, generating 22 megawatts of electricity.