Published on November 5th, 2012 | by Joshua S Hill0
New Solar Power Plant Completed In Modesto
The Modesto Irrigation District in California is now home to the 25-megawatt McHenry Solar Plant designed and constructed by SunPower and currently providing power for approximately 6,000 homes.
The project created nearly 150 construction jobs and is owned by K Road Power Holdings. SunPower is providing operations and maintenance services for the site, and the Modesto Irrigation District is buying the power generated by the McHenry Sola Plant under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
“The McHenry Solar Project takes advantage of our unlimited solar resource to provide clean, reliable electricity to customers, while helping MID comply with California’s renewable energy requirements for utilities,” said MID Assistant General Manager of Electric Resources Roger VanHoy. “When MID buys power generated from utility-scale solar, our whole community shares the promise of emission-free energy from the sun.”
“The McHenry Solar Plant is a world-class solar project, and represents K Road’s commitment to own and operate a diversified portfolio of solar PV generating assets under long term supply relationships,” said William Kriegel, K Road’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are proud to supply clean, renewable electricity to communities served by the Modesto Irrigation District.”
“The McHenry Solar Plant created jobs and economic opportunity in Stanislaus County during its seven months of construction, and is now delivering 25 megawatts of solar power to MID’s customers, helping to meet the region’s growing energy demand,” said SunPower President Howard Wenger. “SunPower is pleased to provide our partners with reliable and leading technology that delivers more power than competing technologies over the life of the system.”