Aerojet, a GenCorp company, and Solar Power, Inc announced they have agreed to collaborate and build a 3.5MW solar system at Aerojet’s Sacramento, California facility in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). This is the first solar system Aerojet has installed and it is a significant part of the company’s environmental and sustainability initiatives. The solar facility will provide over 20% of the power to a number of Aerojet’s projects and with a system life expectancy of 25 years, the cumulative environmental offsets for a system of this scope are significant.
The solar array will be ground mounted utilizing a single-axis tracking system, a design element that allows each panel to follow the course of the sun throughout the day. The solar array will consist of approximately 18,000 SPI 200W modules atop 12 tracking arrays, covering an area of over 20 acres.
“During the RFP process we competed with most of the major U.S. solar firms for this project. We are very proud to have been selected and we look forward to working with the Aerojet and SMUD teams throughout the project’s execution,” said Steve Kircher, CEO of Solar Power, Inc. “The system will serve Aerojet and our community; it will be installed by people from our region and will help to improve our environment.” Installation and connection of the 3.5MW system should be completed in November 2009.