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Silicon Valley Power Adds 100-Kilowatt Solar Array to Santa Clara Grid
Jenny Strand Solar Research and Development Park Comes On Line in the City of Santa Clara
Posted Date: 12/4/2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – December 4, 2012 – An unused parcel of land in the City of Santa Clara has been turned into the city’s first solar research location, generating 100 kilowatts (kW) of electricity for Silicon Valley Power (SVP), Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility. The Jenny Strand Solar Research and Development Park is a partnership between SVP and MiaSolé, which donated the thin-film photovoltaic (PV) panels for the solar array.

The project is located on a limited access parcel bordered by Agilent Technologies, Interstate 280 and Jenny Strand Park, which is named after a 13-year-old neighborhood girl who died in 1986.

"The project demonstrates a new level of cooperation between our business community and SVP," said John Roukema, Director of SVP. "MiaSolé needed a location to test their PV panels in an outdoor array, and SVP is always pursuing sources of green power. This is a significant step to determine the potential of partnering with local companies as well as utilizing land for energy production that otherwise would remain vacant."

The 1,000 PV panels will generate enough electricity to power 26 homes and annually prevent up to 72 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the air that would be otherwise emitted by traditional electricity generation resources.

Vista Solar of Santa Clara was the installation contractor for the 1.5-acre PV array, which is the second community solar project finished in Santa Clara since summer. Henry Schmidt Park received a 15kW rooftop system that was funded by an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

About Silicon Valley Power
Silicon Valley Power is the trademark adopted for use by the not-for-profit electric municipal utility of Santa Clara, CA serving residents and businesses for over 100 years. SVP provides power to more than 50,000 customers, including Applied Materials, Intel, Owens Corning and Yahoo!, at rates 15 to 45 percent below neighboring communities.