Hydropower

1.9 MW Solar Farm to Power Water Treatment Plant on West Coast

SunTechnics Energy Systems Inc. has signed a contract with California’s South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSIJD) to engineer, procure and construct a 1.9-megawatt (MW) single-axis solar-tracking system to provide electricity to the DeGroot Water Treatment Plant.

The $12.5 million installation consists of 11,040 solar modules that will produce 3.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity output annually, beginning in 2008. Clean electricity produced by the solar energy system, located just over a mile from Woodward Reservoir where SSJID owns two hydroelectric plants, will wipe out almost all of the $500,000 electricity bill that SSJID pays yearly to run the plant.

“With SSJID about to become the greenest irrigation district in the U.S., we stand behind our promise of providing reliable water supply to residents in the San Joaquin county,” said Jeff Shields, Utility Systems Director at SSJID.

“We are happy to be part of SSJID’s major step towards energy independence and greenhouse gas reduction,” says Florian Edler, CEO of SunTechnics Energy Systems, Inc.

The final agreement between SunTechnics and SSJID includes an energy performance guarantee in which SunTechnics ensures a predefined energy output for 10 years to give SSJID an optimal return on investment. The SunTechnics guarantee offers monetary compensation regardless of system size and type of installation.