150 Acre Direct Current Solar Power Generation Facility Completed – California

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SunEdison has announced that it has completed construction of a 24Mwatt direct current (DC) solar power plant located in the California Desert. The facility is now supplying clean electricity through the San Diego Gas & Electric utility as part of a  20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). It is the largest plant connected so far under the California RAM program.The RAM process is designed to ensure ratepayers get energy at a low cost by using a reverse auction and standard contracts, which simplifies contracting and streamlines regulatory reviews.

For this project financing was provided by Wells Fargo, while SDG&E is to purchase the electricity generated.

“It’s an honor to bring the largest solar power plant interconnected through the California RAM program online,” said Bob Powell, president, North America, SunEdison.

It supports our focus on growth and the growth of the solar industry in California. We are fortunate to work with Wells Fargo, a committed finance partner, which shares our vision for increasing the availability of renewable energy. Their support is vital to completing projects like this one.

Wells Fargo has invested more than $1.3 billion of tax equity in more than 300 solar projects since 2007. To date, Wells Fargo has provided over $3 billion in tax equity debt financing for renewable energy projects in 28 states.

“As one of the leading capital providers to the renewable energy and cleantech industries, Wells Fargo was excited to provide tax equity for the Cascade plant,” said Barry Neal, head of Wells Fargo’s Environmental Finance Group.

We continue to build upon our longstanding relationship with SunEdison and expand our commitment to the U.S. solar market.

The 150-acre solar power plant is comprised of more than 75,000 SunEdison Silvantis™ Monocrystalline Solar PV Modules mounted to SunEdison AP90 Single Axis Trackers. Silvantis Modules are built using SunEdison polysilicon and wafers to ensure maximum reliability and performance. SunEdison AP90 single axis trackers help maximize energy harvest. The plant will be managed by the SunEdison Renewable Operation Center (ROC), which provides global 24/7 asset management, monitoring, field dispatch and reporting services.

“Through the RAM Program we were able to work with SunEdison and deliver renewable energy to our ratepayers at an economical price,” said Dan Baerman, director of origination for SDG&E. “Partnering with Wells Fargo and SunEdison made bringing our first RAM project online a seamless process.”

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Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.