Ameresco solar array turns California landfill into power plant
Solar Power World – November 17
Ameresco in partnership with San Joaquin County has completed a 5.3-MW ground-mount solar energy system at the San Joaquin County’s Foothill Landfill. The project will reduce the county’s utility costs through California’s Renewable Energy Self-Generation Bill Credit Transfer (RES-BCT) program. The solar energy system will generate approximately 10,473,000 kWh of electricity annually. In addition to the significant electrical savings, the County will also receive a $500,000 upfront lease payment for the use of the land, immediately infusing significant revenue to the County.
Best Buy unveils new solar field in California
Chain Store Age – November 17
Best Buy entered a partnership with U.S. Bank and Longroad Energy for the Little Bear Solar Project in Fresno County. The project will produce 480,000-MWH of electricity annually for the local grid, enough to power the equivalent of approximately 715 Best Buy stores. The project is part of Best Buy’s commitment to become carbon neutral across its operations by 2040. Back in June, Best Buy unveiled Best Buy Solar in Martin, S.C., which produces 174,000 MWH of clean electricity for the local power grid on an annual basis.
Renewable Properties begins building Lake Herman Solar Project in Solano County
Solar Industry Magazine – November 17
Renewable Properties started construction of the Lake Herman Solar Project in Benicia, in partnership with MCE, a community choice provider. The 5 MW utility-scale solar energy project is the first to qualify for MCE’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Plus program, an expanded wholesale energy supply program designed to provide competitive and predictable energy prices over a 20-year term for locally developed renewable energy assets. The project will increase Benicia’s solar output by 64% from 7.8 MW to 12.8 MW.
Dane County Board paves way for all-renewable energy with approval of major solar farm
Wisconsin State Journal – August 22
Wisconsin’s Dane County Board recently approved plans for Alliant Energy to build a 16.5 MW solar farm on 295 acres of county property in the town of Cottage Grove. The project would allow the county to offset all of its operational electricity use with renewable energy produced by the Alliant farm, along with energy from the county’s own solar panels and a 9 MW solar farm under construction at the Dane County Regional Airport.