SMUD Signs 60-MW FIT Contract with Recurrent

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has signed multiple 20-year power purchase agreements with Recurrent Energy for 60 megawatts (MW) of solar power to be developed in the southern portion of Sacramento County.

These are the first agreements to come out of the utility’s feed-in tariff program (FIT) introduced in January of this year. SMUD’s standard tariff for qualifying renewable and combined heat and power generating facilities received applications that exceeded the program’s 100 MW capacity. All applications received offered a solar photovoltaic technology.

Recurrent Energy will develop 12 individual 5-MW projects at locations in Galt and Elk Grove, California. All the projects are expected to be installed and operational by fall 2012.

“Distributed-scale solar has an important role to play in helping to meet near-term renewable energy goals,” said Arno Harris, CEO of Recurrent Energy. “We have over 330 megawatts of distributed-scale projects in our contracted portfolio across North America and Europe, and these 12 solar power systems with SMUD are a clear validation of our approach to developing and marketing solar power in California.”

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