The Town of Silt, Colo., has placed a 234 kW solar photovoltaic power system into service.
The ground-mount array, developed by Sunsense and Sunforce Solutions, is located near Silt's waste treatment plant. The facility consists of 756 Canadian Solar CS6x-P 310 W modules mounted on S:Flex racking. The system incorporates eight SMA Sunny Tripower 24000TL-US and 1 12000TL-US string inverters.
The PV plant will provide electricity for the town under a 20-year power purchase agreement. Xcel is buying the renewable energy certificates generated by the plant at $0.06/kWh.
Sunsense was responsible for the installation, and Sunforce structured the financing and all contractual documentation and sold the system to a Colorado investor. Samuel Engineering Inc. provided construction services.
Jens Herzog, chief operating officer for San Francisco-based Sunforce Solutions, says Silt was looking to reduce their electricity costs while improving sustainability. The site near the waste treatment facility proved nearly ideal for a ground-mount array.
‘The site was pretty level, and only minor grading was necessary,’ Herzog says. ‘Site access was easy, and the area was large enough to size the system according to the city's needs. We had no environmental issues, and permitting was easy. The town and all people involved were very supportive.’