Processing Magazine

California water treatment facility commissions solar energy installation

September 18, 2012

RAMONA, Calif. — The municipal water district that provides water, sewer, recycled water, fire protection, emergency medical services and park services to the unincorporated community of Ramona, Calif., has commissioned a 530 kilowatt peak (kWp) solar energy installation.

The installation was developed and financed by leading solar energy company Enfinity America Corp., with the solar panels and EPC services provided by manufacturer Siliken, which was also co-developer of the project.

Located at Ramona''s Santa Maria Wastewater Treatment Plant, the fixed-tilt solar project uses a total of 2,156 Siliken panels with an annual energy output of 919,000 kilowatt hours (kWh), which will be used to run the plant itself. The installation is scheduled to go on-stream by Sept. 30, 2012.

Bob Hopper, Enfinity''s chief development officer, said, "This project came to fruition as a result of a true partnership between Enfinity, Siliken and the Ramona Municipal Water District. Our experience with similar projects — for example the City of Reno municipal installation — means that we can accelerate the pace of development and construction and bring the cost saving benefits of solar energy to Ramona''s ratepayers more quickly."