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Duke snaps up San Francisco PV

Deal with developer Recurrent Energy for 4.5MW Sunset Reservoir facility

Duke snaps up San Francisco PV image

Duke Energy Renewables has bought the 4.5MW Sunset Reservoir solar farm in San Francisco from developer Recurrent Energy.

The 24,000-module project is the largest PV facility in the state and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is buying its output under a 25-year power purchase agreement.

Duke Energy Renewables president Greg Wolf said: "With the addition of this project we continue to grow our solar footprint in California.”

SFPUC general manager Harlan L Kelly Jr said Sunset Reservoir had more than tripled San Francisco's municipal solar generating capacity, adding: "The renewable, greenhouse gas-free energy from Sunset Reservoir and all of our other facilities help power public buses, the San Francisco International Airport, health clinics and other vital city services."

Recurrent Energy has operated the facility since wrapping up its development in 2010. CEO Arno Harris said: "This agreement with Duke Energy Renewables shows the continued movement of solar into mainstream power.”

Image: the PV facility features some 24,000 modules (SFWater)

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