New Solar Array Along the American River

On a slash of land along the American River just a stone’s throw from downtown Sacramento, the result of a California Energy Commission grant is sparkling in the sunlight.

It’s a solar array that will produce up to 1.5 megawatts of electricity that can be exported to the state’s grid. That is enough energy to power more than 400 average-size homes. The project makes use of land that once was part of an old landfill. The acreage has limited use because there is methane gas trapped below the surface that should not be disturbed.

Enter a field of solar panels, facing south, that will make use of the fastest growing sector of renewable energy. The project is under construction and expected to be completed later this summer. It is being developed by Conergy and will provide power to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).

California is the largest producer of solar power in the nation. It also ranks first in the nation for the number of solar jobs -- 47,223 in 2013 – according to the Solar Foundation.

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