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How Solar Power Works in Sacramento

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) purchases all of the energy generated from four separate systems located on sites in Sacramento County, California. The utility scale solar project is part of SMUD’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program. Through SMUD’s FIT program, 100 MW of solar PV has been developed and installed in Sacramento County.  An additional 100 MW of solar has been developed and  installed in California. SMUD introduced the program in 2010 to offer standard rates and contract terms for renewable energy generation.

Project Overview

  • Bruceville Road
    • 21.9 MW DC
    • 32,694,107 kWh of electricity expected to be produced annually
    • 273,780 First Solar panels used
    • 140 acres of land utilized
  • Boessow Road
    • 3.6 MW DC
    • 5,449,018 kWh of electricity expected to be produced annually
    • 45,630 First Solar panels used
    • 23 acres of land utilized
  • Kost Road
    • 3.6 MW DC
    • 5,449,018 kWh of electricity expected to be produced annually
    • 45,630 First Solar panels used
    • 23 acres of land utilized
  • Point Pleasant Road
    • 1.2 MW DC
    • 1,816,339 kWh of electricity expected to be produced annually
    • 15,210 First Solar panels used
    • 8 acres of land utilized
    • Commissioned in December 2011

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

SMUD the nation's sixth largest publicly owned utility is recognized in the industry for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable energy generation, and sustainable solutions. It held the distinction of the nation's first utility-scale solar array at Rancho Seco County Park in 1984.

Environmental Benefits

  • Over the 20-year term, the projects are expected to eliminate the release of 430,620 metric tons of CO2 by using renewable energy
  • The equivalent would be greenhouse gas emissions from 84,400 passenger vehicles
    • During the term of the contract the solar power systems are expected to generate as much electricity as is used by more than 53,700 average American homes
      • The equivalent would be carbon dioxide emissions from more than 1 million barrels of oil consumed over 20 years.

        Power Purchase Agreement

        By financing this project through a 20-year power purchase agreement, Constellation required no upfront capital from SMUD.


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