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McHenry Solar Farm, California



Ground Mounted


SunPower has received planning permission for its 25MW McHenry Solar Farm and is looking to start building work at the site in Modesto, California before the end of the year. Construction is dependent on the receipt of all outstanding building permits and is expected to be completed by the second half of 2012. The development will create up to 144 construction jobs and inject around US$18.7 million into the local economy. All of the electricity produced by the system will be purchased by the utility grid operated by Modesto Irrigation District (MID), thus helping the agency adhere to California's 33% renewable portfolio standard.

Site size Undisclosed
Equipment SunPower's T0 Tracker, E19 panels, smart inverter and monitoring system
Cost Unidsclosed
Completion date Second half of 2012


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