Project focus: Aerojet’s 3.6MW single-axis PV system dedicated; SPI to build 2.4MW more at site

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During the dedication of a 3.6MW solar power system installed by Solar Power Inc. at Aerojet’s Sacramento, CA. facility, the two companies said they have agreed to build an additional 2.4MW of  single-axis tracker photovoltaic systems at the site.

Construction of the 3.6MW system began in June and was already the largest single-site industrial project in California and one of the largest in the country, the companies said. The site is located within the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).

The additions to Aerojet’s ground-mounted array will utilize 11,712 of SPI’s 205W crystalline-silicon modules mounted on eight single-axis trackers. When completed, the entire 6MW system will cover more than 40 acres of the Aerojet site and use 22 trackers equipped with 29,344 panels.

Installation of the additional 2.4MW is expected to be finished in April 2010, the companies said, at which time SMUD is scheduled to interconnect the system to the power grid.

“We have a long solar heritage dating back to the early 1980s, when we built the solar PV plant which is now the oldest megawatt-scale photovoltaic power plant continuously operating in North America,” said SMUD’s GM/CEO, John DiStasio. “The Aerojet solar project is a huge benefit in terms of improving the environment of our community and the region as well as being a valuable part of increasing the stability and reliability of the SMUD electrical grid.”

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