Seven state, regional and local public agencies celebrate new SolarShares℠ agreements
Suggested caption: Leaders from the California Department of General Services, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, Sacramento Area Sewer District, Sacramento County Department of General Services, City of Sacramento, Los Rios Community College District and San Juan Unified School District joined together to recognize SolarShares agreements equal to enough solar electricity to power 22,000 homes for a year.
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Officials from seven different state, regional and local public agencies joined SMUD board members and executives yesterday to recognize new Large Commercial SolarShares agreements totaling 93 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity and 203 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of solar electricity use annually—enough electricity to power about 22,000 homes every year.
The officials recognized the following new agreements:
- California Department of General Services, 74 GWh annually
- Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District and Sacramento Area Sewer District, 34 GWh annually
- Sacramento County Department of General Services, 30 GWh annually
- City of Sacramento, 28 GWh annually
- Los Rios Community College District, 28 GWh annually
- San Juan Unified School District, 9 GWh annually
The electricity in these agreements will power buildings and facilities throughout the Sacramento region. Examples include thestate buildings housing the California Energy Commission and Employment Development Department; Regional San’s wastewater treatment plant and pump stations; Sacramento Area Sewer District’s Administrative and Operations Center and pump stations; Sacramento County’s Downtown Complex, Branch Center Campus, animal shelter and Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center; Sacramento City Hall, Sacramento Valley Station and the city’s water treatment plant; multiple campuses at Los Rios Community College District as well as their administrative building; and multiple campuses within the San Juan Unified School District.
“We’re fortunate to operate in an area of the country where public agencies are so committed to a low-carbon energy future,” said SMUD CEO and General Manager Arlen Orchard. “By helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve local air quality, these agencies are true partners in the effort to make our communities healthier and more vibrant places to live, work and play.”
The electricity included in these agreements comes from a variety of solar arrays located in the Sacramento region and other parts of California.
SMUD’s Large Commercial SolarShares program allows large businesses in the Sacramento regiono purchase solar energy directly from SMUD. SMUD’s SolarShares program is the largest utility green pricing community solar program of its kind in the nation.
A community solar project is an agreement where an electric utility provides solar energy to a customer from arrays connected to the grid and in which the participant has all the rights to make the environmental and renewable claims from the power they use. This allows the customer to avoid developing and maintaining their own on-site solar facilities.
In total, SMUD SolarShares provides approximately 119 megawatts of solar electricity to business and residential customers in the Sacramento region.