SolarWorld Power Projects Group Deploys 1.1-MW Solar Array at Bay Area Water Treatment Plant

  SolarWorld Power Projects Group Deploys 1.1-MW Solar Array at Bay Area Water
  Treatment Plant

SolarWorld system to save millions for two Northern California cities over two

Business Wire

CAMARILLO, Calif. -- September 13, 2013

The cities of Fairfield and Vacaville, Calif., have announced the completion
of a 1.1-megawatt solar system designed, procured and constructed by
SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, and
owned and operated by Sustainable Power Group (sPower), an independent power
producer based in Salt Lake City. The array powers the North Bay Regional
Water Treatment Plant, a facility the cities co-own on the Sacramento River

A 1.1-MW solar system from SolarWorld now powers the North Bay Regional Water
Treatment plant in Nor ...

A 1.1-MW solar system from SolarWorld now powers the North Bay Regional Water
Treatment plant in Northern California. Photo courtesy of the city of
Vacaville, Calif.

Comprised of more than 4,000 of SolarWorld’s American-made solar panels, the
system is expected to generate about 2 million kilowatt-hours of renewable
energy a year, which will result in immediate savings to Fairfield and
Vacaville by limiting utility demand charges that accrue during peak usage
times. The solar array uses single-axis-tracker technology to rotate the solar
panels to follow the sun’s path, capturing more solar energy and requiring a
smaller footprint, compared with a fixed-tilt system.

“Fairfield’s goal is to utilize solar power to secure a clean alternative
energy supply that will reduce the city’s overall energy costs and help keep
operating costs down,” said Felix Riesenberg, Fairfield’s assistant director
of Public Works. “This is yet another example of the Fairfield water utility
being innovative to reduce operational costs and to minimize future rate

“Vacaville has a long history of embracing solar and alternative energy
projects as a way to save money and protect the environment, and this one fits
nicely with that approach,” said Steve Sawyer, Vacaville’s interim assistant
director of Utilities.

The project resulted from a partnership among Fairfield, Vacaville, SolarWorld
and sPower. Under terms of the partnership, SolarWorld’s engineering,
procurement and construction (EPC) division, based in Camarillo, Calif.,
managed all phases of the installation, including design, engineering,
procurement, permitting and construction. SPower owns the solar equipment and
provides the project’s financing through a 20-year power purchase agreement
(PPA) with Fairfield.

Under the sPower PPA, Fairfield and Vacaville will purchase energy at a lower
rate than they pay to buy power from Pacific Gas & Electric Co., their local
utility. Over the 20-year life of the PPA, the cities are expected to save an
estimated $2 million.

“We commend Fairfield and Vacaville on making American-made solar energy part
of their economic and environmental future,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of
SolarWorld Americas, the company’s commercial unit. “The cities, SolarWorld
and all of the project partners have worked diligently to ensure that this
technically complex project provides optimum power performance, while
maintaining the highest levels of environmental protection.”

“This project was a collaborative effort that brought out the best in the
cities of Fairfield and Vacaville, SolarWorld and sPower and we congratulate
the hard-working team that made this happen,” stated sPower CEO Ryan Creamer.
“This is a project of the highest quality that will serve the cities well for
years to come.”

About SolarWorld

SolarWorld AG manufactures solar power systems and in doing so contributes to
a cleaner energy supply worldwide. The company, located in Bonn, employs
approximately 2,500 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany,
and Hillsboro, Ore. From raw material silicon to the solar module, SolarWorld
manages all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development.
Through an international distribution network, SolarWorld supplies customers
all over the world with solar modules and complete systems. The company
maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe, and has
committed itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. SolarWorld has
been publicly traded on the stock market since 1999. More information at

About Sustainable Power Group

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sustainable Power Group (sPower) is an
owner and operator of utility and distributed electrical generation systems
across the US. For more information, visit

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