District marks completion of Santa Maria solar project

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
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

By 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

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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.

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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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