SunPower Building 1.7 MW Of PV Projects For Calif. Water District

Rancho California Water District (RCWD) and SunPower Corp. have entered into an agreement under which SunPower will design and construct solar power systems totaling 1.7 MW at two RCWD facilities.

The systems are expected to save the district approximately $8.5 million in electricity costs over the next 25 years. In 2009, SunPower designed and built a 1.1 MW solar system for RCWD's Santa Rosa water reclamation Facility in Murrieta, Calif.

Under this new agreement, SunPower will build a 1.1 MW SunPower T0 tracker system at the district's Senga Doherty pump station in Murrieta. At RCWD's headquarters in Temecula, SunPower will construct a 610 kW solar parking canopy structure, providing both shade in the parking lot and solar electric power for the facility.

The systems will be funded with qualified energy-conservation bonds. RCWD will own the renewable energy credits associated with the systems. Construction on the two systems is expected to start this summer and be completed by the end of the year.

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