The total project capital investment is estimated at $175,200,000 including interconnection costs. The project is expected to generate 100 full time jobs during the 18 month construction phase. The project's energy production will provide renewable power generation for approximately 6,000 homes.
September 21, 2009.- OPDE U.S. Corporation and the Sacramento-Yolo Port District entered into an agreement on September 2nd to facilitate OPDE U.S. in developing a 24 Megawatt (MW) solar power generation facility using MECASOLAR single axis tracking arrays manufactured in the U.S.. The project will be located on 160 acres in Yolo County, California. OPDE U.S. is excited to have the opportunity to work with the staff of the City of West Sacramento and the port, who have shown a very progressive and entrepreneurial spirit in considering the merits of this project.
The Project will be built on public land leased from the Sacramento-Yolo Port District, a public entity of the State of California formed under the River Port District Act. The port commission authorized city/port staff to continue negotiations with OPDE U.S. during a regularly scheduled board meeting. Interconnection applications, site environmental review, and county use permits are underway.
The site is currently used for the storage and drying of dredge material from the port's deep water channel, and grazing. Both of these uses will continue after development of the solar project. The project equipment and facilities will be owned and maintained by OPDE U.S.
The facility will incorporate 1,800 MECASOLAR MS-1E TRACKER 10 seasonal one axis azimuth trackers. In addition to the MECASOLAR trackers, the project will include 3,598 SMA America 6000 US Inverters with a 97 percent efficiency and 104,348 high efficiency 230 Wp Photovoltaic (PV) Modules produced by Trina solar and/or REC.
In order to prevent shading between arrays, and preserve the natural environment, the arrays are separated by 50 feet of open space. The actual physical equipment footprint of the project will cover less than 5 percent of the surface area of the site. The balance of the site will remain native vegetation with limited permanent disturbance.
The following environmental benefits are estimated using the U.S. EPA's GHG Calculator, http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html
Avoided Carbon Dioxide emissions (MTE - metric ton equivalent), 34,472 MTE.
Equivalent to removing 6,314 passenger vehicles from the road.
Equivalent to the carbon sequestered in 7,835 acres of pine forest in 1 year.
Equivalent renewable power generation for approximately 6,000 typical California