Above: Pictured left to right are Petaluma CA city councilman Dave King, Caldwell Solar VP of Construction Kevin Webb, property owner Josephine Lavio, Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbit, and Sonoma Clean Power CEO Geof Syphers.
When solar contractor Coldwell Solar and not-for-profit electricity provider Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) break ground for a combined 2 MW of solar energy facility–generating enough power to 600 homes–it will mark the next step in the journey to a clean energy future for Sonoma and Mendocino counties in California.
The groundbreaking will launch construction on the first of two projects that involve power purchase agreements. Under the agreements, Coldwell Solar will lease the property and build, operate and maintain the solar plants and deliver an agreed-upon amount of electricity to SCP.
“We have wanted to add solar energy to our renewable portfolio for several years and today we begin,” said SCP CEO Geof Syphers. “We found a fantastic partner in Coldwell Solar.”
The projects are part of SCP’s ProFIT program that allows private landowners to lease their land to generate utility-scale solar energy and boost the county’s renewable energy portfolio. Two separate 1 MW systems will be online in rural Petaluma by the end of the year.
“Sonoma and Mendocino counties have been leaders in renewable energy and environmental sustainability for decades,” said Tom Cooper, Director of Utility Development for Coldwell Solar. “We look forward to a long and productive relationship.”
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 31 at 10:00 AM at 4990 D Street Extension, where construction will begin on the first solar energy system.