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EL CAJON, CA-CalPeak Power, a maker of energy “peaker” generation plants, has begun operation of its 50 megawatt El Cajon power plant facility.

Operator Pratt & Whitney installed the system in less than two months, from foundation completion to the performance test, CalPeak General Manager J.J. Fair says. The generator uses two gas turbines driving a single electrical generator. A central control center located in San Diego will operate the unit remotely.

Under a power purchase agreement with the Department of Water Resources, it is anticipated that the El Cajon facility will supply power to California’s grid at times of peak power demand.

Calpeak Power acquired three properties, two in the East County and one in San Diego, last fall for a total of nearly $4 million in a transaction handled by Burnham Real Estate to build power plants to help address the area’s power crisis.

Calpeak, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., purchased almost three acres of industrial space at 201 Enterprise St. in Escondido for $1 million for a peaker plant. In San Diego, Calpeak leased about 18 acres on Harvest Road for $2.3 million. The company has begun a 49.5-megawatt power plant. Brad Thornberg represented the owner, CIF Holdings LP.

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