Suntech & Recurrent Reach 5-MW Module Deal

Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. has been selected to supply over 25,000 modules for Recurrent Energy’s 5-megawatt (MW) municipal solar power project atop the Sunset Reservoir in San Francisco, California. All modules are scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The project, contracted by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) in late 2008 and signed into law by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in May 2009, will more than triple San Francisco’s total municipal solar power output from 2 MW today to 7 MW upon completion in 2010. According to the SFPUC, it will be California’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) system to date.

Recurrent Energy will own and operate the system and sell all the renewable electricity to the City and County of San Francisco under a 25-year power purchase agreement. The anticipated production for the 5 MW project is 6,560,000 kWh in the first year. Under the agreement, Recurrent Energy assumes all financing, construction, and operating obligations for the project. caught up with Recurrent CEO Arno Harris at Intersolar in May. Play the video below to hear what he had to say about how his company has had success developing projects across a number of markets.

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