EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE), power provider MCE and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging have celebrated the completion of a 1 MW solar carport installation.
The solar carport, located on a four-acre upper parking lot at the Buck Institute, will deliver its power directly to MCE’s customers, including the Buck Institute, under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
This carport project is part of the larger 24 MW Cottonwood Solar contract signed between EDF RE and MCE in 2011 and later acquired by Dominion. The Cottonwood Solar portfolio consists of three sites, two of which are ground-mount facilities located on private land in the central California counties of Kern and Kings that became operational in April 2015.
“Over the past decade or so, and within the past several years in particular, we have witnessed the coming of age of solar as an affordable, reliable source of energy for consumers, commercial and industrial customers, and utilities,” says Ryan Pfaff, executive vice president for development at EDF RE. “We are proud to partner with MCE and the Buck Institute to develop solar installations that offer consumers the option to go green.”
MCE CEO Dawn Weisz adds, “We’re thrilled to be flipping the switch on the Buck solar project. It’s a perfect example of our shared community values in action – new renewables leading to more jobs and priceless environmental benefits.”
Local jobs during the six-month construction phase were created through Cupertino Electric and the local IBEW. The solar canopy further serves a dual purpose to provide protection to 252 employees’ and visitors’ vehicles to the Buck, demonstrating solar PV’s ability for efficient land use, says EDF RE.