SunEdison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, says it will expand AT&T's national solar initiative by activating a new 296 kW rooftop solar power installation in San Diego. This system is expected to generate an estimated 420,000 kWh of energy in its first year of operation.
In addition, AT&T has contracts with SunEdison to deploy five other solar power installations in California by the second quarter of 2011 for a total of approximately 2 MW of total solar capacity for all six sites. The additional California solar deployments will be located in Dunnigan, Commerce, Mojave, Santa Ana and West Sacramento. Over 20 years, the power installation will generate more than 7.7 million kWh of energy, according to SunEdison.
The program is made possible through a strategic power purchase agreement between SunEdison and AT&T, under which SunEdison will construct, monitor and maintain the solar power installations in California. In return, AT&T will buy the energy produced from the solar systems to offset their grid demand.