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Ameresco completes 5.3-MW solar array for San Joaquin County
TIME£º2020-11-20    VIEWNUM£º75    SOURCE£ºRenewable Energy World

By Renewable Energy World Content Team    11.19.20

Ameresco, Inc. announced that it has completed construction on a 5.3-megawatt (MW) dc ground-mount solar energy system at San Joaquin County¡¯s Foothill Landfill. This is Ameresco¡¯s second renewable energy project with the County and will help reduce their utility costs through California¡¯s Renewable Energy Self-Generation Bill Credit Transfer (RES-BCT) program.

San Joaquin County partnered with Ameresco to develop, own and operate a ground-mount solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the Foothill Landfill in Linden, California. Funded by a power purchase agreement (PPA), Ameresco installed 13,770 solar modules rated at 385W-DC each, as well as 29 solar inverters rated at 125kW-AC each. Under a separate agreement with San Joaquin County, Ameresco constructed a 4.3-MW landfill gas to energy plant at the same landfill in 2014.

According to Ameresco, the system will generate approximately 10,473,000 kWh of electricity in year one, equating to a reduction of 7,405 tons of CO2 emissions. In addition to the electrical savings, the County will also receive a $500,000 upfront lease payment for the use of the land, infusing revenue into the County from day one.

San Joaquin County Supervisor, Chuck Winn, commented, ¡°The County recognized that the Foothill Landfill site in Linden had a large amount of undeveloped land. Thanks to a previous project implemented at the site in partnership with Ameresco, we knew there was a similar opportunity to do something productive with the site. When Ameresco approached us about the potential use of the undeveloped land for solar arrays, it was an opportunity we couldn¡¯t pass up.¡±

Construction of the San Joaquin County solar project was recently completed.