BayWa completes small solar project for city of Delano, California

BayWa r.e. announced June 14 the completion of a 1.12-MW solar photovoltaic project for the City of Delano in California’s Central Valley.

The solar plant has a planned life span of greater than 24 years with projected cost savings of more than $4 million under the Power Purchase Agreement. The solar system, which required zero upfront investment by the city, was designed and built to provide optimal carbon free energy to power the City of Delano’s wastewater treatment plant. It will save the city more than $100,000 in the first year of operations alone.

Said Jam Attari, CEO of BayWa r.e Solar Projects LLC: “The City of Delano’s progressive approach and forward thinking not only saves tax dollars for its residents but provides a safer and healthier environment to the local community and its families. The commitment to sustainable energy and the reduction of carbon emissions for a cleaner environment sets them apart as a leading city in the Central Valley.”

The system will serve as a long term hedge against rising energy costs for the City of Delano and was developed, constructed and financed by BayWa r.e. The system consists of 3,640 solar modules installed on a tracking system that follows the sun throughout the day to maximize energy production.

BayWa r.e. and Delano city officials celebrated the completion of the solar project with an on-site ribbon-cutting ceremony.

BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BayWa AG and combines the activities of the solar, wind, bio- and geothermal energy business sectors. BayWa r.e.’s core markets are Europe and the U.S. The German based company is a “full-service-partner”, employing around 950 and drawing on more than 25 years of experience in the market.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.