Solar power

Roseville, California-based Solar Power has entered into an agreement with Aerojet that will see the company build a 3.5MW solar-power plant at Aerojet’s Sacramento, California facility.



Roseville, California-based Solar Power has entered into an agreement with the aerospace and defence company Aerojet that will see the company build a 3.5MW solar-power plant at Aerojet’s Sacramento, California facility.


The solar array will be ground-mounted using a single-axis tracking system that is designed to follow the course of the sun throughout the day to maximise electricity production.


The solar array will consist of approximately 18,000 SPI 200W modules mounted atop 12 tracking arrays, covering more than 20 acres of the Aerojet site.


All of the power generated by the system will be used by Aerojet, providing more than 20 per cent of the power required for the company’s groundwater-remediation process, which is eliminating water pollution from the company’s site; this pollution was caused by former government-accepted practices and operations at the company.


During its first year of use, the Solar Power system is expected to offset approximately 4,200 tons of carbon dioxide, 16.7 tons of sulphur dioxide and approximately 6.5 tons of nitrogen oxide that would have been produced using fossil-fuel power production.


Installation of the 3.5MW system is expected to be completed in November of this year, at which point the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) will connect the system to the power grid.