Metropolitan Water District Solar Plant Begins Operation

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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has activated a 10-acre solar plant at its Robert A. Skinner Water Treatment Plant in the Temecula Valley of southwestern Riverside County.

The 1 MW solar installation will generate about 2.4 million kWh of energy a year – nearly 25% of the power used by the plant, Metropolitan says. Skinner's solar collection field features 462 sun-tracking stations, each supporting 10 230 W panels.

Debra C. Man, Metropolitan's assistant general manager and chief operating officer, notes that generating solar power at the Skinner plant is part of a strategic power plan to be considered by Metropolitan's board this summer. The proposed plan envisions Metropolitan having 10 MW of solar power installed throughout the district's six-county service area over the next five years.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Water District

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