Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA), a municipal water agency, and SunPower Corp. have announced the completion of a solar power installation totalling 3.5MW over four locations. The installations are located at four IEUA facilities in Chino, Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, California. The installations, one of which features a 1MW SunPower T20 Tracker system, are expected to save the IEUA approximately $500,000 per annum in energy costs.
The 1MW T20 Tracker system is located behind the agency’s Chino headquarters. Nearby at the agency’s Regional Plant 1 in Ontario, a 700kW array of SunPower Trackers has been installed, as has a 137kW SunPower T10 Solar Tile system atop a capped reservoir. A 624kW array of T10 Solar Tiles was also installed at the IEUA’s Carbon Canyon Treatment Plant in Chino.
A further 1MW system was established in Rancho Cucamonga, California on top of the Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority (IERCA). This particular array was constructed under a joint power agreement in partnership with the Los Angeles County Sanitation District.
“With the completion of this new system, IEUA is now producing nearly half of its electricity from alternative energy sources,” said Patrick Shields, Executive Manager of operations at the IEUA. “SunPower provided high-efficiency technology to ensure we are maximizing the energy produced on site, and completed the installation in just five months. The solar system furthers our commitment to sustainable practices, and is a source of pride in the community.”