SunEdison to install 2.2 MW of solar panels for California water district

SunEdison Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) on Feb. 9 announced that it has signed a solar power purchase agreement with Stockton East Water District in Northern California.

SunEdison plans to install 2.2 MW of high-performance SunEdison solar panels on the water district’s property. By going solar, the district expects to save more than $9.5 million on energy costs over the next 20 years and 20 million gallons of water annually.

“A SunEdison solar system is a fast and effective way for organizations to reduce their energy costs,” said Sam Youneszadeh, SunEdison’s regional general manager of its Western U.S. solar business. “And it’s a great way to save water too – on average it takes more than four gallons of water to generate each kilowatt-hour of electricity in California. By going solar, we’re able to reduce water use by 99 percent, saving approximately 20 million gallons of water each year. SunEdison has installed solar at more than 1,000 locations in the U.S., saving more than 20 billion gallons of water in the process.”

With SunEdison’s solar power purchase agreement, the water district will enjoy the benefits of solar energy without any up-front cost. SunEdison installs, owns, and operates each system while the district buys the solar electricity at lower rates than offered by their local utility.

“With no upfront costs and savings starting from day one, we couldn’t be happier with SunEdison,” said Scot Moody, Stockton East Water District’s general manager. “We’re expecting to save more than $9.5 million with this project. This is a great example of how we’re looking at new initiatives to save money and be good stewards of the environment.”

The solar systems are expected to generate enough energy to offset approximately 50% of the electricity used at the facility. SunEdison intends to complete the solar system in 2016. Operation and maintenance of the solar systems will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides 24/7 global asset management, monitoring and reporting services.

SunEdison develops, finances, installs, owns and operates renewable power plants, delivering predictably priced electricity to its residential, commercial, government and utility customers. SunEdison is one of the world’s largest renewable energy asset managers and provides customers with asset management, operations and maintenance, monitoring and reporting services. Corporate headquarters are in the United States with additional offices and technology manufacturing around the world.

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