Sacramento County Solar
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) signed multiple 20-year power purchase agreements with Recurrent Energy for 88 MW of solar power developed in the southern portion of Sacramento County. Recurrent Energy developed solar projects at locations near Galt, CA and Elk Grove, CA.
To reduce the impact on long-term planning, agricultural, and conservation concerns, Recurrent Energy's siting efforts targeted land that had been growing low-value crops and that was of little or no habitat value for protected species.
We are excited about Recurrent Energy’s enthusiasm for participating in this renewable energy program. Sixty additional megawatts of renewable power is a welcome addition to the Sacramento area.
The agreements with SMUD, announced in Summer 2010, demonstrate Recurrent Energy's speed and expertise at adapting to diverse markets and programs—the projects are the first to come out of the utility's feed-in tariff program (FIT) introduced in January 2010.
Distributed-scale solar has an important role to play in helping to meet near-term renewable energy goals in California and beyond. Recurrent Energy has several hundred megawatts of distributed-scale projects contracted across North America and Europe, and these solar power systems with SMUD are further validation of our approach to developing and marketing solar power in California.
Construction began in mid-2011. The first three projects -- 50 MW in total -- came online in Winter 2011-12. The final project reached commercial operational at the end of 2012.