In late 2011, Cupertino Electric's Energy Alternatives Division began construction on a second-year, 20 Megawatt (MW) solar energy engineering and construction project for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in California’s Central Valley immediately following two successful first-year projects for PG&E in 2011.
Thanks to a relatively dry 2011 winter season and knowledge gained on the last two solar energy projects with PG&E, construction on the project progressed quickly with module installation and inverter setting taking place throughout February and March of 2012.
“We’re very lucky to have worked previously with some great local subcontractors who are small and minority-owned businesses,” said Project Manager Meisa Kassis. “Because of our successful history with these companies, we are able to leverage our collective experience to meet the heightened expectations PG&E has for us on this project.”
The 20-MW Huron-based solar station for PG&E was designed and built by our team to meet PG&E’s five-year clean energy initiative, which includes up to 250 MW of utility-owned solar generation. When complete, the generation plant will be interconnected to the electric grid with the approval of California’s Independent System Operator (CAL-ISO) at local PG&E distribution substations.