- Jun 5, 2019 6:33 pm GMT
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With a 160-MW max-rated power capacity, Rancho Seco Solar II will be the largest solar power facility in Sacramento County, California when it's completed, which is expected by year-end 2020, according to a news release.
The cost of electricity set in a 30-year PPA is fixed for the entire period, but it's capped at $34.24 per MWh, SMUD project manager Amanda Beck reportedly said.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is moving towards greater reliance on solar, wind and other distributed, zero-emissions renewable energy resources right in line with state-wide efforts to do, Beck was reported as saying. The solar electricity will also support SMUD's retail green tariff programs, which include SolarShares, she added.
Municipal utilities are exempt from California's statewide renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions mandates, but SMUD has voluntarily taken them on. The municipal utility is on track to meet both the state's 33%-by-2020 and 60%-by-2030 renewable energy goals, according to the utility.