Aerojet, Solar Power and SMUD have come together through a public-private partnership for the 2.4MW expansion of the existing 3.6MW solar system at Aerojet’s Sacramento, California, facility. The expansion makes the solar project, at a 6MW total, the largest single-site industrial PV solar electric generating facility in California.
The ground-mounted system uses a single-axis tracking system, which consists of 22 tracking arrays and more than 29,000 of Solar Power’s SPI 205W PV modules. All power from the system will be directly used by Aerojet.
“We are very pleased to have completed this second phase of system construction,” said Steve Kircher, chairman and CEO of Solar Power. “Aerojet, SMUD and the EPA have been wonderful to work with throughout the entire project. The entire 40-acre array is testimony to how the creative energies of public and private enterprises can be focused to achieve objectives that benefit not only the organizations involved, but an entire region both economically and environmentally.”
Through California’s SB-1 law, the state must meet a 125MW solar PV implementation goal by 2016. Additionally, the state law requires for utilities to meet 20% of their electricity demand with renewable energy by this year. This 6MW array for Aerojet results in a 30% increase in the solar portion of SMUD’s renewable energy portfolio and puts the company on track to meet the 20% renewable energy mark.