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Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 1:54 pm

Marin Clean Energy signs 31-megawatt supply deal

Agency scoping eight Marin sites for 1-megawatt solar carport array

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    SAN RAFAELMarin Clean Energy today said it signed a power purchase agreement with enXco for 31 megawatts of electricity from new photovoltaic solar generators in California, including a 1-megawatt solar carport facility to be built in Marin County.

    In addition to the Marin project, solar energy will be created from six potential project locations in Kern, Kings, and/or Tulare Counties.

    Marin Clean Energy will purchase the power generated under a 25-year contract with buyout opportunities after 10, 15 and 20 years. The contract guarantees commercial operations through March 2014 and will result in 60,000 annual megawatt-hours of energy production, about 7.5 percent of Marin Clean Energy’s annual energy requirements at full rollout.

    “Our contract with enXco is another step forward for Marin Energy Authority to increase the development of renewable energy closer to home. These new solar projects will boost the California economy while creating new clean energy supply for our customers.  We’re looking forward to adding even more local and regional renewable energy projects for Marin Clean Energy.” said Damon Connolly, Marin Energy Authority chairman and San Rafael City Council member.

    Marin Energy Authority staff has identified eight potential sites in Marin for the solar carport project and is exploring long-term, land rights agreements for the large parking lots. Carport structures will be installed on the selected site to provide car shading throughout the day and also generate solar energy for local customers of Marin Clean Energy.

    “Solar power is a key piece of our promise to provide our customers with renewable energy and we’re thrilled to begin planning our first Marin County project,” said Dick Collins, Marin Energy Authority board of directors, chairman of the agency’s Technical Committee and a Tiburon Town Council member.

    Marin Clean Energy customers can currently choose two options for where their power originates: Light Green, 27 percent from renewable sources, or Deep Green, with all from renewable energy to supply their home or business and according to the semi-annual renewable compliance report sent to the California Public Utilities Commission, and verified by the California Independent System Operator, the Marin Energy Authority is California’s leader in supplying renewable power.

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