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California Firm Completes
35MW Solar Project

by Staff
Brighter Energy, September 30, 2011

(Michael Crawley photo) Construction of the 20MW Stroud Solar Station began in April. Silicon Valley firm Cupertino Electric, Inc., has completed two ground-mount solar photovoltaic (PV) stations totaling 35 Megawatts (MW) for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in Central California. Construction of the aggressive schedule project began in April 2011 and is comprised of two sites: a 20-MW site in Helm and a 15-MW site located in Five Points, California.

"PG&E's solar PV program is focused on speeding up the delivery of renewable energy to our customers," said Randy Livingston, vice president of power generation for PG&E.

"These projects demonstrate PG&E's ongoing commitment to providing more green power and being a leader in California's clean energy future."

The 20-MW Stroud Solar Station and 15-MW Westside Solar Station were designed and built by Cupertino Electric under a five-year PG&E clean energy initiative, which includes up to 250 MW of utility-owned solar generation.

The facilities represent part of the first 50 MW of PG&E's utility-owned generation.

The generation plants are interconnected to the electric grid with the approval of California's Independent System Operator (CAL-ISO) at local PG&E distribution substations, the company said.

"Our ability to optimize the PV solar station design and integrate innovative construction techniques allowed us to simultaneously deliver both solar PV stations cost-effectively and ahead of schedule," said John Curcio, chief commercial officer for Cupertino Electric, Inc.

"We are extremely pleased to collaborate with PG&E to advance PG&E's renewable energy program and support job creation in the Central Valley."

Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI) is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. and has provided expert engineering and construction services for a constantly evolving world for more than 57 years.

Its Energy Alternatives Division designs, constructs and manages innovative solar and alternative energy solutions.

California Firm Completes 35MW Solar Project
Brighter Energy, September 30, 2011

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