USA - The City of Palo Alto’s Utilities Department announced that Roche Palo Alto has applied for the largest solar power system ever to be installed within city limits.
Developed and operated by Solar Power Partners ( http://www.solarpartners.com ), the 112,000 square foot photovoltaic system will be mounted on the rooftops of several buildings on the Roche Palo Alto campus and will generate an estimated 1,398,194 kilowatt hours in electricity each year with a capacity of 1,021 kilowattsDC (879 KWAC).
The system at Roche will be one of the largest privately owned commercial solar power systems in California. (http://www.pvresources.com/en/top150pv.php ).
When operating at peak capacity, the system will generate enough electricity to power approximately 172 Palo Alto homes. The clean energy that the system is expected to deliver will help avoid up to 700 metric tons of CO2 emissions each year.
The PV solar system is expected to be operating and producing clean, renewable electricity by the end of this year and has an operational life expectancy of more than 35 years.
The Roche Palo Alto project was launched through the combined efforts of three partners: the City of Palo Alto, SPP, and Cupertino Electric. The City of Palo Alto will provide an estimated $2,240,000 performance-based rebate with payments made to the renewable energy company, SPP, over five years.
These incentive payments will be based on the actual production of the facility. The City will purchase Renewable Energy Credits from the system’s electrical output to contribute locally generated solar power to be added to the supply mix for the PaloAltoGreen program.
“Palo Alto strives to be a leader in climate protection and in the promotion of renewable energy, and Roche is leading the way in Palo Alto.” said Joyce Kinnear, Manager of Utility Marketing Services at the City of Palo Alto Utilities.
The system will be built by Cupertino Electric, and owned and maintained by SPP based in Mill Valley, California. SPP provides a turn-key performance-based service bundling development of the systems and on-going management with financing through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
This agreement facilitates customers adopting renewable energy while eliminating the burden and risk of owning and operating a solar facility.
“Roche is very excited about this new solar facility,” said David Austin, President, Roche Palo Alto. “We’re committed to innovation in sustainable business practices such as this.”
SPP’s President and CEO, Alexander v. Welczeck, added, “We are pleased to work with Roche, a corporate world leader that continues to demonstrate its responsibility and dedication to improving quality of life through using renewable energy.”