Aerojet, SPI & SMUD To Expand 3.6-MW Solar Project to 6 MW

Aeroje and Solar Power Inc. have entered into agreement to add an additional 2.4 megawatts (MW) to the single-axis tracker photovoltaic solar system currently installed at Aerojet’s Sacramento, California site. Construction of the 3.6-MW system at Aerojet’s facility was initiated in June is currently the largest single-site industrial project in California and one of the largest in the country. The site is located within the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).

The announcement of an additional 2.4 MW was made this week during a dedication event hosted by Aerojet, SPI and SMUD. The current system is a ground-mounted and utilizes a single-axis tracking system. The additional array will utilize 11,712 SPI 205 watt modules mounted atop eight tracking arrays.

When completed, the entire 6-MW system will cover more than 40 acres of the Aerojet site and utilize 22 tracking arrays and 29,344 SPI 205 watt photovoltaic modules. Based on its performance characteristics, the SPI 205 watt module is currently the number-one-ranked PV solar module in its class with the California Energy Commission.

“Prior to this addition, the Aerojet project was already one of the largest system installations in the U.S. this year, and the foundational portion of our growing portfolio and pipeline of multi-megawatt projects. With a 40 percent increase in the size of the system, the Aerojet site is now host to the largest single-site industrial installation in California,” said SPI’s CEO & Chairman, Steve Kircher. “Aerojet is a wonderful company to work with and we are very happy about the addition to the system. It speaks volumes about our ability to install a superior solution on-time, on-target and on-budget,” Mr. Kircher concluded.

Installation of the 2.4 megawatt system addition is expected to be completed in April 2010. SMUD is scheduled to interconnect the system to the power grid at that time.

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