From Landfill to Solar Park
Conergy and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) dedicated a 1.5 megawatt solar installation project at Sutter’s Landing Park October 26 that will provide enough energy to deliver electricity to more than 400 average-size homes. Partial funding for the project was provided by the California Energy Commission.
The solar installation project is built atop a former landfill that was deemed un-useable. The project includes a field of solar modules, a solar panel covered carport and elevated panels that provide shade for visitors at the adjacent dog park. Mike Gravely, with the Energy Commission’s Research & Development program, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Conergy says Sutter’s Landing’s renewable power source will provide a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equal to removing 350 passenger vehicles from the road for a year. Revenue from the power generated will be re-invested to fund park preservation and maintenance.