First Solar, SMUD Sign PPA for Rancho Seco Solar Project

Rancho Seco Solar Project being constructed on site of decommissioned Rancho Seco Nuclear Generation Station

First Solar, Inc. has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to offtake 10.8 MW of power from a solar facility to be built on the site of the decommissioned Rancho Seco Nuclear Generation Station (RSNGS) in Herald, California.
 
The Rancho Seco Solar Project (RSSP) will generate more than 22,000 MWh of power annually, to be offered to SMUD business customers through the utility’s Commercial SolarShares program.
 
The facility is situated on 60 acres of SMUD-owned property. In addition to being the site of the decommissioned RSNGS, the land was also once the site of a 1980s-era 3.2-MW solar array, one of the first utility-scale solar facilities in the world.
 
RSSP will begin construction in late 2015, with commercial operation slated for mid-2016.



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