The slideshow below shows the progress of the California Valley Solar Ranch
The California Valley Solar Ranch is a 250-megawatt photovoltaic solar electric system. The energy generated will be sold under contract to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) in order for the utility to achieve its renewable energy delivery requirement, as mandated by California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).
Major elements of the Solar Ranch project include:
In addition, the Solar Ranch project includes an operation and maintenance building and a water tank to help enhance SR 58 community firefighting preparedness.
The solar arrays, substation and facility buildings will be confined to a footprint of just 1,500 acres. The remaining 3,200 acres-about 70% of the site-will be permanently conserved and managed to meet conservation objectives for a range of species.
Solar energy is captured and converted directly to electricity through solar PV panels attached to the SunPower® T0 Tracker system. The tracker follows the sun’s movement during the day, increasing sunlight capture by up to 25 percent over conventional fixed-tilt systems, while significantly reducing land use requirements. The trackers sit on low-impact metal pier foundations that are driven directly into the ground without the need for concrete foundations and require minimal grading. CVSR is connected directly into the existing Morro Bay-Midway transmission line through a generation tie-line and switchyard.