SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), the largest global renewable energy development company, today announced that it has inked a 20-year power-purchase agreement with the city of San Diego that will see 6.6 megawatts of solar power installed across 25 city-owned sites. The city estimates that over the life of the agreement the solar power systems will save its taxpayers $22 million.
San Diego worked with California joint powers authority SPURR to arrange the solar power deal with SunEdison. SPURR helps its clients navigate the process of going solar, and has set up a competitive procurement process which ensures its clients get a great deal from a reputable solar company.
The 25 sites getting new solar systems include the Tierrasanta, Carmel Valley and Rancho Bernardo Recreation Centers, as well as the Point Loma, Malcolm X and Serra Mesa – Kearny Mesa Libraries.
SunEdison will build solar parking canopies at many of the locations. Solar parking canopies provide both shade for parked cars and cost effective, clean solar energy.
The solar systems are expected to offset more than 70 percent of the electricity used by these buildings, the same amount consumed by around 6,700 California homes a year. The systems will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 100 million pounds over the 20-year period—the equivalent of taking more than 11,000 cars off the road.
SunEdison plans to start construction during the second quarter of 2016, with completion targeted by the fourth quarter. Operation and maintenance of the solar systems will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides global asset management, monitoring and reporting services.