Berlin, July 9, 2009 — San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company, has commissioned the Solon Corp. in Tucson, Arizona, to build a photovoltaic power plant with a capacity of 2 MW in California.
The pilot power plant project is part of a five-year program in which PG&E expects to develop 250 MW of solar photovoltaic power in California. Solon Corp. is a unit of Solon SE in Berlin.
PG&E awarded Solon Corp. a contract to produce photovoltaic modules and build a 2 MW power plant, which is planned to be completed in December 2009, in a multi-stage bidding process involving several top North American solar companies. The project installation will be performed by Silverwood Energy Inc, which is based in San Diego, California. Silverwood has installed over 22 MW of solar power in California to date.
The power plant is a pilot project for PG&E aimed at enabling the utility to develop more photovoltaic power plants in the future. As part of its solar energy initiative, PG&E plans to use photovoltaic power to deliver more than 1,000 GWh of electricity each year by 2015. This would be enough to supply up to 150,000 households.
The program is one of the largest photovoltaic projects in the U.S. It targets mid-sized power plants of 1 to 20 MW, mounted on the ground or on rooftops. The contract will give Solon Corp. the opportunity to work closely with PG&E to gain a better understanding of their solar program goals.