SunPower is using its past experience building solar systems for California water agencies in the development and construction of two new solar PV systems for the Fallbrook Public Utilities District (FPUD) and the San Juan Water District (SJWD). The solar projects are expected to be up and running for both water agencies by the first half of 2011.
The 1.1MW ground-mounted solar power system at FPUD will be built across an 8-acre site using SunPower’s solar panels and T20 trackers. The system is being purchased by FPUD through low-interest Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“SunPower is very experienced in working with water agencies, and assisted us with obtaining the QECBs and making the project affordable,” said Keith Lewinger, general manager of FPUD. “The system will offset approximately 45% of our total electricity for all District facilities. In addition, the combination of state rebates and federal low-interest financing allows the District to purchase the facility, and at the same time realize a net cash savings each year compared to purchasing 100% of our power from the grid, resulting in savings we can pass on to our customers.”
The 794kW system for SJWD will also use SunPower’s solar panels and T0 tracker, providing for an estimated 89% of the water treatment facilities energy needs.