SunPower Installs 1-MW PV System for Rancho California Water District

Rancho California Water District (RCWD) and SunPower Corporation have completed a 1.1-megawatt solar photovoltaic power system at the district’s water treatment facility in Murrieta, California. The system is expected to save the district up to US $6.8 million in electricity costs over the next 20 years.

In addition to designing and building the solar power system, SunPower also financed the system under a SunPower Access power purchase agreement (PPA). RCWD will buy electricity from SunPower. RCWD owns the renewable energy credits associated with the system.

“The SunPower Access PPA made it financially possible for the district to build this system, and reap the benefits of competitively-priced solar power from day one,” said Andy Webster, director of engineering for RCWD. “SunPower offered high-efficiency technology that maximizes the amount of solar power generated, and a turnkey solution that allowed the system to be operational in eight months. It’s good for our environment as well as for our residents and businesses.”
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