PG&E: Year 1 Solar
A solar energy engineering design and construction project for PG&E by Cupertino Electric
Five Points and Helm, CA
Project Size:
15 MW (Five Points) and 20 MW (Helm)
Project Attributes:
Award Winning

Project Summary

Cupertino Electric's Renewables Division completed two ground-mount, solar photovoltaic (PV) stations for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in California’s Central Valley. The 35-megawatt (MW) system had an aggressive construction schedule that began in April 2011 and finished in September 2011. The project was comprised of two California sites: the 20-MW Stroud Solar Station in Helm and the 15-MW Westside Solar Station in Five Points. The solar energy plants were engineered and constructed by Cupertino Electric.

Both sites were designed and built by Cupertino Electric under a five-year, PG&E clean energy initiative, which included up to 250 MW of utility-owned solar generation. The Stroud and Westside sites represent part of the first 50 MW of PG&E’s utility-owned generation. The generation plants were interconnected to the electrical grid with the approval of California’s Independent System Operator (CAISO) at local PG&E distribution substations.