May 24 (Renewables Now) - The US unit of French solar power company Ciel & Terre International has begun building a 1.78-MW floating photovoltaic (PV) system in California.
Ciel & Terre USA is partnering with local union contractor Collins Electrical Company to mount 4,959 solar panels atop the French company’s Hydrelio racking system, to be floated in a recycled water storage pond in the Town of Windsor.
The PV array will cover just 22% of the available water surface area of the pond, but will meet 90% of the power needs of the town’s water treatment and pump facilities. The electricity will be sold under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the town.
The floating solar array will supply the Windsor Wastewater Reclamation Facility, Public Works Corporation Yard and the Geysers pump station. It is said to be the largest such project in California.