Orange County Branch Newsletter
Orange County Investing in Solar Power
Through a public-private partnership with the County of Orange, PsomasFMG is providing a turnkey solar solution, set to reduce the County’s consumption of traditional electricity. PsomasFMG arranged for project financing free of upfront costs to the County, and is managing the installation of the 3.3 megawatt project. The solar system features photovoltaic (PV) panels mounted atop carport structures, as well as ground mounted structures at some sites. Construction is nearly complete and all systems are scheduled to be fully operational in October 2012.
The solar power installations are engineered to produce renewable electricity for the County along with other benefits. The solar installations will provide between 60-80% of each site’s electrical needs, with Southern California Edison supplementing the County’s remaining energy requirements. The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) will lock in stable energy costs and help to reduce the County’s overall electricity expenditures. Over the 20-year term of a PPA, the installations are expected to save the County $4-6 million in avoided electricity costs. Additionally, the project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide shaded parking for County staff and visitors.
The solar project features an installation of 13,480 PV panels that are mounted atop steel-frame canopies and provide shaded parking for over 600 vehicles. County sites that will be generating solar power include the James A. Musick Facility, the County Operations Center, the Social Services Agency & Sheriff’s Communication facilities on Eckhoff St, the Katella Peace Officer Training Facility, and the Collins Yard.