SMUD turns landfill at park into solar power array 0

Solar array at Sutter's Landing
Solar array at Sutter’s Landing

Sacramento Municipal Utility District has built a 1.5-megawatt solar array at Sutter’s Landing park, the site of a former landfill.

This $4 million project is meant not only to generate power, but also to demonstrate how solar power arrays can fit into an urban landscape. The site is close to power users on land that can’t be used for much else, said Kathleen Ave, project manager with SMUD.

It was built by SMUD and the German solar company Conergy with grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission. Sutter’s Landing Regional Park is at the top of the levee at the base of 28th Street.

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