District marks completion of Santa Maria solar project

By Karen Brainard

Scott Sporrer, left, general manager of Siliken USA, shakes hands with Ramona Municipal Water District Board President Bryan Wadlington as he presents a framed solar panel to the district marking the completion of the Santa Maria Wastewater Reclamation Plant solar project. Enfinity was a co-developer in the project that is estimated to save the district nearly $500,000 in energy costs over 20 years. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

The completion of Ramona Municipal Water District’s solar photovoltaic project for the Santa Maria Wastewater Reclamation Plant, estimated to save nearly $500,000 in energy costs over 20 years, was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning.

District directors held a special meeting at 9 a.m. at the Santa Maria plant to mark the occasion with district staff and representatives from Enfinity America Corporation and Siliken.

The 530-kilowatt peak solar energy installation was developed and financed by Enfinity, and solar panels were provided by Siliken, the project’s co-developer.

The fixed-tilt project uses 2,156 Siliken panels with an annual energy output of 918,000

Scott Sporrer, left, general manager/vice president of Siliken USA, presents Ramona Municipal Water District Board President Bryan Wadlington a solar panel that states 2,156 solar panels installed at the Santa Maria Wastewater Reclamation Plant will produce 918,000 kWh of energy. Also celebrating the completion of the Santa Maria solar project on Tuesday are board members Joe Zenovic, second from right, and Darrell Beck. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

kilowatt hours (kWh) that will be used to operate the plant. It was developed through a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) of the district, Enfinity, and Siliken. Under the PPA, the water district did not have to pay for construction but will purchase all electricity generated by the solar project.

Thomas Cemo with Siliken takes Ramona Municipal District board members and staff, and guests on a tour of the new solar project at the Santa Maria Wastewater Reclamation Plant. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

Now that the project is completed, RMWD is due to receive a refund of the $15,000 it paid California Center for Sustainable Energy to reserve a solar rebate that was used to construct the project.

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Posted by Karen Brainard on Oct 3 2012. Filed under Featured Story, Government, News, Ramona. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

6 Comments for “District marks completion of Santa Maria solar project”

  1. Proud Ramonan

    Kudos for completion of this project! Glad to see Mr. Beck can still embrace cost-saving solar energy even if he maintains climate change is a hoax!

  2. Brian Jarvis

    If you read between the lines, the project required subsidies to work finanically; this is the true hoax. Climate change is real: thats what the climate does, it changes.

    • Proud Ramonan

      Mr. Jarvis, with all due respect please educate yourself before asserting factual arguments. Can you point to any peer reviewed articles published in scientific journals that support your theory of natural variation? 3,215 high temperature records in the United States in June alone beg to disagree. All of our futures are directly at stake. If you truly believe what you say, you need to read this entire article. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-...

      • Brian Jarvis

        Proud Ramonan, why yes I can.
        As an Energy Engineer and financial analyst, I run into the true believers everyday. The one thing they all have in common the inability to accept the truth. Climate change is a religion to these people, anything counter to their claims is a blasphemy. I look forward to your retort, although I have pretty good idea of what it will be. The truth if you dare!! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-22...

        • Mark Felt

          The truth is irrelevant when it comes to political agendas. Global warming is merely the result of the liberal agenda running out of causes so they had to make one up. Pretty soon we'll need to set aside habitat for the endangered unicorn and form a UN committee to study the effects that pixie dust mining has on Tinker Bell.

  3. Brian Jarvis

    BTW Proud Ramonan. Thank you for the link. Since I make my living in the energy business (lots of renewable effort) I am well qualified to make my assertations.

    Although I failed to do so in my previous post. I respectfully bid you good day sir!

    Brian.

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