Rancho Seco Solar II
Sourcing more renewable energy
The Rancho Seco Solar II project, a 160 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) solar power facility adjacent to Rancho Seco, became operational in February 2021. The project is operated by a third party. SMUD purchases the solar power generated from the facility as a source of renewable electricity for our customers under a long term contract. The project is a dual use project that co-locates the agrivoltaic practice of sheep grazing on site.
With this project, we aim to:
- Support California’s renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission goals
- Meet SMUD Board Strategic Directives
- Provide supply for SMUD’s Solar Shares® program
- Optimize the delivery of locally generated solar energy
- Minimize environmental impacts
- Co-locate agricultural uses on our renewable project sites
- Promote consolidation of energy infrastructure
For more information, contact RanchoSecoPVSolar2@smud.org.