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Silicon Valley Power teams with MiaSolé on 100-kilowatt solar array


From the December 10, 2012 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published December 10, 2012

Silicon Valley Power, Santa Clara's municipal electric utility, has added a 100-kilowatt solar array to its resource mix. The Jenny Strand Solar Research and Development Park is a partnership between SVP and MiaSolé, which donated the thin-film photovoltaic (PV) panels for the solar array.

"The project demonstrates a new level of cooperation between our business community and SVP," said SVP Director John Roukema. "MiaSolé needed a location to test their PV panels in an outdoor array, and SVP is always pursuing sources of green power. This is a significant step to determine the potential of partnering with local companies as well as utilizing land for energy production that otherwise would remain vacant." 

The 1,000 PV panels will generate enough electricity to power 26 homes and annually prevent up to 72 metric tons of carbon dioxide that otherwise would be emitted by traditional electricity generation resources, SVP said. The 1.5-acre solar array is located on an unused, limited-access parcel and is the second community solar project finished in Santa Clara since summer. Henry Schmidt Park received a 15-kW rooftop system that was funded by an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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