REC Solar has designed and installed a 1.1MW PV system at the Moorpark wastewater treatment plant in Ventura County, California.
During the construction of the solar project, which is said to be the largest publicly owned PV system in Ventura County, Aecom provided technical and management support services to Ventura County.
In order to meet Ventura County’s investment criteria, the project needed to achieve a service life beyond the standard 25-year period for a commercial PV system. As a result, REC Solar deployed custom engineering solutions in order to increase the service life. However, the company has not divulged the exact lifespan of the system.
The PV system will produce more than 2,235MWh of electricity every year. This will be enough to meet 75% of the plant’s energy demand.
In addition to producing clean energy, the wastewater plant features an observation deck for Ventura County citizens to learn about the benefits of solar energy. REC Solar and Aecom are working with Ventura County to provide educational materials and signs for visiting school groups and community organizations to learn more about how renewable energy is saving taxpayer money while helping the community become more sustainable.
“This project is a prime example of how the solar industry is evolving to meet a diverse range of customer needs,” said Ryan Work, Business Development Manager for REC Solar. “Increased flexibility in the construction, permitting and lifespan of a system is essential to meet varied government requirements. By working closely with both public and private partners like AECOM and Ventura County, we can develop custom systems for any situation and help municipalities start saving taxpayer money with solar today.”