Cenergy/Seneca Resources complete 3.1-MW solar project in California

BAP Power Corp. d/b/a Cenergy Power announced Aug. 16 the completion of a 3.1-MW photovoltaic system for Seneca Resources Corp.’s North Midway Sunset oil field located in Kern County, California.

The project is expected to produce roughly 5.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually and offset over 20% of Seneca’s total electric power costs at the oil field. Cenergy provided engineering, procurement and construction services for Seneca Resources, installing 10,120 photovoltaic solar panels at their Bakersfield location. The project was commissioned in July 2016.

Seneca will be the first California oil producer to take advantage of the California Air Resource Board’s (CARB) Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) “Innovative Method” credit program.

“Proactive environmental stewardship is a theme we value at Seneca,” stated Jeffrey J. Formica, Vice President, Seneca Resources. “We are committed to producing oil and natural gas in a sustainable manner and we are proud to commission this solar project in furtherance of that commitment.”

“We are excited to be a part of Seneca’s sustainability efforts and push for clean energy. As Seneca continues to produce oil and natural gas, their role in improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions becomes greater by the day with the commissioning of this solar project,” said Chad Chahbazi, Business Development Director, Cenergy Power.

Seneca Resources, the exploration and production segment of National Fuel Gas Co., explores for and develops natural gas and oil reserves in California, Kansas and Appalachia.

Cenergy Power is a leading solar integrator. Based on installed capacity and year after year growth, Cenergy said it is the only commercial solar contractor to rank “Top Ten” in North America consecutively since 2013 by Solar Power World, a leading solar industry publication.

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