Escondido, CA.—April 17, 2008—enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, has been awarded the contract to develop, construct, own and operate a one-megawatt solar photovoltaic array in an agreement with Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). SMUD conducted a competitive request for proposal in which they evaluated over 25 bids from the US's leading solar developers on the basis of project development expertise, economic competitiveness, and capability to deliver.
Located in southern Sacramento County, the ground mounted fixed tilt solar array consists of approximately 14,000 First Solar modules and is expected to generate enough electricity to power approximately 600 homes. SMUD will purchase the project's output under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement and then sell to customers that have subscribed to SMUD's voluntary SolarShares program. This array represents the largest solar PV project in the United States built in response to customer enrollment in a voluntary green pricing program.
"The end result of a tough competitive solicitation, this project is a testament to enXco's tenacious development group and competitive pricing with key suppliers. We look forward to bringing the project online according to the aggressive development and construction timeline requested by SMUD" stated Mark Tholke, Regional Development Manager for enXco. The project will deploy PV panels from EDF EN's global supply agreement with First Solar. enXco will begin construction shortly and expects the project will produce at full nameplate capacity within three months.
SMUD's SolarShares program provides an opportunity for all customers -- renters, occupants of multi-unit buildings, and those who cannot install their own panels due to site problems, installation issues, up-front costs or building ownership, to choose solar-generated electricity. Customers will subscribe at fixed, SMUD-subsidized price in increments that match or complement their lifestyle and energy use.
enXco, Inc. (www.enxco.com) an EDF-EN Company (www.edf-energies.nouvelles.com) develops, constructs, operates and manages renewable energy projects throughout the United States. For more than two decades, we have been a leader in renewable energy focusing on large-scale wind, solar, and biomass projects. enXco has grown to be a significant owner and developer of wind-energy installations in the United States and the largest third party wind farm operations & maintenance provider in North America.
As the nation's sixth-largest publicly owned utility, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for over 60 years to Sacramento County (and a small portion of Placer County). SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment.