Former Nuclear Plant Site to Host Solar Power Plant

First Solar building solar power array on site of decommissioned Rancho Seco nuclear plant

A 10.88-MW solar power array is planned on the site of a former nuclear power plant in California.
 
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) approved construction on the Rancho Seco solar photovoltaic project and a power purchase agreement to be built on the site of the Rancho Seco nuclear plant.

First Solar will own the project when it is completed.

The output will be provided to SMUD’s SolarShares program. The program allows SMUD business customers the benefits of solar energy when installing solar panels is not feasible.

The new project also helps SMUD meet its renewable portfolio standard goals of 33 percent renewable power by 2020. Construction is expected to begin near the end of 2015 and be completed by third quarter 2016.
 
Rancho Seco hosted a 3.2-MW solar array when it was built in 1984 adjacent to the nuclear plant. Five of the six arrays were decommissioned in 2013 when the technology reached its end of life.



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