California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) customers may soon be able to buy blocks of solar power even if they don’t own a solar electric system. SMUD awarded a contract to enXco to build a 1-megawatt (MW) solar array, the power from which SMUD will buy and then sell to interested customers through its SolarShares pilot program.
The program is the first of its kind in California as well as one of the largest of its type in the nation and provides all SMUD customers the option to purchase solar power. For between US $5 and $30 per month most of the utility’s customers will be able to ensure that at least 10 percent and up to 50 percent of their energy comes from the new SMUD solar farm.
Construction will begin soon and the array is expected to begin delivering power in July. Customers can begin pre-enrollment in SolarShares sooner and benefit from having choices for supporting the development of a more sustainable energy supply.