CPS Energy and SunEdison complete new solar farms for San Antonio Water System

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CPS Energy and SunEdison complete new solar farms for San Antonio Water System

By Greentech Lead America: CPS Energy, a municipally
owned natural gas and electric utility, has dedicated19.8 MW William R. Sinkin
Centennial Solar Farms 1 and 2. The project will produce enough clean power for
an estimated 2,550 average Texas homes annually.

“We continually strive to meet our commitment to
acquire affordable, renewable energy resources. These solar facilities will
further diversify our generation portfolio and lower our environmental risks to
help keep our rates among the lowest of any major city in the nation,”
said Doyle Beneby, president and CEO, CPS Energy.  

CPS Energy has partnered with SunEdison https://greentechlead.com/details.php?id=1625 to
construct these two sites. SunEdison began construction of the Centennial sites
in November of 2011.  SunEdison is one of CPS Energy’s New Energy Economy
partners. The New Energy Economy is CPS Energy’s approach to attract business
partners that drive job growth, improve the environment and invest in
education.

“SunEdison is proud of the work we have accomplished
together with CPS Energy, SAWS and the City of San Antonio. More than just
energy, SunEdison provides smart solar solutions. From innovative PPAs to our
proven PV technologies, we understand our customers and develop solar programs
to meet their specific needs,” said Tim Derrick, general manager, North America
for SunEdison.  

The two sites feature a total of 83,034 photovoltaic
solar panels and located on nearly 200 acres of land at the Dos Rios Water
Recycling Center owned by the San Antonio Water System (SAWS).

The sites utilize ground-mounted photovoltaic systems on
single-axis trackers. Centennial will generate more than 893 million kilowatt
hours of electricity over 25 years. CPS Energy will purchase all of the
electric generation produced at Centennial through a 25-year power purchase
agreement (PPA).

 

The sites are expected to offset 1.1 billion pounds of
carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent of taking 109,000 vehicles off the road
for one year with in next 25 years.

SunEdison unveils rural electrification program in India

Recently, SunEdison announced a rural electrification
program called Eradication of Darkness. Through the program, SunEdison
will design, install and manage distributed-generation solar power plants to
provide energy to Indian villages that have never before had access to
electricity.

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