PSEG Solar dedicates 3.3-MW project at national lab in California

PSEG Solar Source said May 17 that various officials joined with it that day to dedicate the 3.3-MW (ac) PSEG Lawrence Livermore Solar Center in California.

The project is located at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. juwi solar Inc. (JSI) also helped dedicate the PSEG Lawrence Livermore Solar Center.

The solar center occupies 10 acres in the northwest corner of the laboratory site, which is about 40 miles east of San Francisco. It has 12,720 solar panels with a capacity of 3.9 MW (dc) (3.3 MW ac). The Western Area Power Administration has a 20-year contract to purchase the electricity the solar farm produces. At its peak, the solar facility provides about 5 percent of the electricity used by the laboratory – a premier research institution with the mission of applying science and technology to national security.

“I congratulate the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration for their commitment to increase renewable energy generation on America’s public lands,” said Christine Harada, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer for the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

PSEG Solar Source operates 13 facilities in nine states with a total capacity of 152 MW and has another four solar facilities under construction, which will expand its portfolio to 315 MW.

“We are delighted to be part of a project that will provide clean energy to one of world’s leading research and development institutions,” said Diana Drysdale, president of PSEG Solar Source. “By investing in solar projects like this one, we are doing our part to lay the foundation for a clean, green and economically vibrant energy future for everyone.”

“LLNL is proud to be the majority end user of this clean, green energy and is proud to be the first NNSA facility to employ solar power onsite in the western region,” said Mark Martinez, the Lab’s Principal Associate Director, Operations & Business Directorate. “This project is a large contributor for the Lab in its efforts to meet the DOE goal for renewables for this year.”

JSI was the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the Livermore project and operates the facility for PSEG Solar Source. “Our partnership with PSEG Solar Source has been tremendously successful in developing resources that will provide emission-free energy for decades,” said Mike Martin, juwi’s president and CEO.

The solar farm is expected to generate approximately 6,300 MWh annually and represents the DOE/NNSA’s largest purchase of solar energy from an onsite facility.

PSEG Solar Source is a subsidiary of PSEG Power, a merchant power generation company which is part of the Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG) family of companies.

juwi Inc. is a privately-held renewable energy company based in Boulder, Colorado. juwi’s primary business is the development, design, construction, operation and maintenance of utility-scale (1 MW and larger) solar energy generation facilities in North America. To date juwi has developed and built large-scale solar projects in thirteen different states in the United States, totaling more than 250 MW of operating capacity.

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