New 976 kW Solar Project Brings Shading and Savings to Palmdale

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Palmdale, California installs three new solar arrays for a total of 976 kW DC. They will purchase the electricity generated by the system at a fixed rate through a 20-year power purchase agreement with Constellation, which financed the project.

 

The city of Palmdale, California has announced the completion of an aggregate 976 kW DC solar generation project. Located at Palmdale’s Civic Center, DryTown Water Park, and Marie Kerr Park, the system is designed to generate more than 1580 megawatt-hours of electricity per year and meet nearly 70% of the electricity needs for the three sites.

The solar project required no upfront capital from the city. Solar provider PsomasFMG worked with the city to develop the project. Energy products and services company Constellation financed the project’s development and will own and operate the system. Palmdale will purchase the electricity generated by the system at a fixed rate through a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Constellation.

“This project is another example of Palmdale’s commitment to providing clean energy while saving money for our taxpayers,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. “It is a perfect complement to what we are currently doing in the areas of energy conservation, and will help us meet our state mandated greenhouse gas reduction goals.”

“We are proud to be partnered with the city of Palmdale for taking a leadership position amongst Southern California cities,” said Paul Mikos, president of PsomasFMG. “Shaded parking, cleaner air and energy savings are some of the benefits that the city leadership is bringing to the citizens of Palmdale.”

The solar power arrays is made up of approximately 3200 PV panels located on shade structures, which were designed to blend with the look and feel of the city’s surroundings. The system will help the city of Palmdale meet state mandates for renewable power generation and greenhouse gas reduction and is expected to eliminate 1201 tons of CO2 emissions annually.