As part of Southern California Edison’s 250 MW solar initiative, Cupertino Electric's Energy Alternatives Division installed a 6.7 Megawatt (MW) solar energy farm based on ground-mount, fixed-tilt structures in Porterville, California in 2010. At the time of construction, the solar farm for one of the nation’s largest utilities was one of North America’s largest ground-mount solar systems.
The project, which would typically take nine months to complete, given its size and scope, was completed in an unprecedented three-month period. The project’s fast-track status was achieved using experienced electricians working around the clock.
The more than 29,000 solar modules at the SCE site are expected to generate roughly 2.47 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity over a 25-year period. This grid-tied system has the same impact as reducing the annual greenhouse gas emissions of nearly 34,000 passenger vehicles.