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FRAMINGHAM – Ameresco, Inc, an energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced that it has completed construction of a 5.3MW DC floor mounted solar system in San Joaquin County’s Foothill Landfill, California.
This is Ameresco’s second renewable energy project with the county and will help lower utility costs through California’s Renewable Energy Billing Transfer Program (RES-BCT).
San Joaquin County has partnered with Ameresco to develop, own, and operate a floor mounted solar photovoltaic system at the Foothill Landfill in Linden, California. Ameresco was financed through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and installed 13,770 solar modules with an output of 385 W DC each and 29 solar inverters with an output of 125 kW AC each. Under a separate agreement with San Joaquin County, Ameresco built a 4.3 MW landfill gas power plant on the same landfill in 2014.
“San Joaquin County and its local communities have long made the development of renewable energy sources a priority to both reduce emissions and complement existing power generation,” said Kathy Miller, chairman of the board of directors of San Joaquin County. “In addition to its environmental impact, our region’s solar energy system will bring further savings in utility costs, which will directly benefit residents and communities who are better able to better serve their constituents.”
The solar system will generate around 10,473,000 kWh of electricity in the first year. This corresponds to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 7,405 tonnes or the energy consumption of 854 households for one year. In addition to the significant electricity savings, the county will receive an upfront payment of $ 500,000 to use the property, adding revenue to the county from day one.
“As a leader in green energy, San Joaquin County is always looking for ways to improve the environment for our residents while saving taxpayers money,” said Chuck Winn, supervisor for San Joaquin County. “The county realized that there was a large amount of undeveloped land at the Foothill landfill in Linden. Thanks to a previous project done in partnership with Ameresco on the site, we knew there was a similar opportunity to do something productive with the site. When Ameresco approached us about the potential use of the undeveloped land for solar systems, it was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. This is a long-term partnership and the resulting project will be of great benefit to the county and our residents. “
“Our continued collaboration with San Joaquin County shows that there are always additional opportunities to make a community more sustainable and energy-safe,” said Bob Georgeoff, vice president of Ameresco. “We look forward to this project delivering environmental benefits while delivering significant financial savings for San Joaquin County.”
Construction on the San Joaquin County solar project was recently completed. Ameresco continues to work with several parties involved in its development, including Sage Energy Consulting, PG&E, the SJCOG, the Linden Fire Department, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California State Water Resources Control Board, CEQA and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control Circle.
San Joaquin is the northernmost county in the Central Valley and connects Northern and Central California. With seven incorporated cities and many municipalities, the district is due to its geographical location in the heart of the delta in a dynamic growth corridor that is ideal for living, recreation, business and industry. The San Joaquin County Public Works Department is responsible for the design, planning, construction, operation and maintenance of the public roads, bridges, water, sewer systems, flood control and waste disposal systems to preserve and protect the county’s infrastructure investments The health and well-being of the 753,000 residents who call it home.
Founded in 2000, Ameresco, Inc. is an independent provider of comprehensive services, energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions to businesses and organizations across North America and Europe. Ameresco sustainability achievements include upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure and the development, construction and operation of renewable energy facilities. Ameresco has successfully completed energy efficient, environmentally conscious projects with federal, state and local governments, health and education institutions, housing authorities, and commercial and industrial customers. Ameresco is headquartered in Framingham and employs more than 1,100 people who provide local expertise in the US, Canada and the UK.