Duke Energy Buys Largest Residential Solar Facility in SF
Clean Edge News
Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, has announced its acquisition of a 4.5 megawatt (AC) solar project in San Francisco from solar project developer Recurrent Energy.
The Sunset Reservoir Solar Power Project is the largest solar generation facility in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is purchasing the emissions-free energy under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
“The Sunset Reservoir solar project more than tripled San Francisco’s municipal solar generating capacity,” said Harlan L. Kelly Jr., general manager of the SFPUC. “The renewable, greenhouse gas-free energy from Sunset Reservoir and all of our other facilities help power public buses, the San Francisco International Airport, health clinics, and other vital city services.”
The solar power system, developed and operated by Recurrent Energy since 2010, consists of nearly 24,000 solar panels mounted on top of the Sunset Reservoir. The facility provides electricity for the city and county of San Francisco’s municipal services and facilities.
In April, Duke Energy Renewables acquired the 21-megawatt Highlander solar power projects in Twentynine Palms, Calif. The Sunset Reservoir project adds to Duke Energy Renewables’ more than 100 megawatts of generating capacity at 16 U.S. solar farms. Since 2007, Duke Energy has invested more than $3 billion to grow its commercial wind and solar business.