The city of Palmdale today announced the completion of an aggregate 976-kilowatt DC solar generation project. Located at Palmdale’s Civic Center, DryTown Water Park and Marie Kerr Park, the system is designed to generate more than 1,580 megawatt-hours of electricity per year and meet nearly 70 percent of the electricity needs for the three sites.
In honor of the solar project’s completion, a celebration and ribbon cutting were held today at Marie Kerr Park. Representatives from the city of Palmdale, Constellation and PsomasFMG attended the event.
“This project is another example of Palmdale’s commitment to providing clean energy while saving money for our taxpayers,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. “It is a perfect complement to what we are currently doing in the areas of energy conservation, and will help us meet our state mandated greenhouse gas reduction goals.”
The solar project required no upfront capital from the city. Solar firm PsomasFMG worked with the city to develop the project. Energy products and services company Constellation financed the project’s development and will own and operate the system. Palmdale will purchase the electricity generated by the system at a fixed-rate through a 20-year power purchase agreement with Constellation.Brendon Quinlivan, director, solar sales for Constellation, said, “Constellation is pleased to work with the PsomasFMG team in helping the city of Palmdale meet its environmental goals and manage its energy costs.” “We are proud to be partnered with the city of Palmdale for taking a leadership position amongst Southern California cities,” said Paul Mikos, president of PsomasFMG. “Shaded parking, cleaner air and energy savings are some of the benefits that the city leadership is bringing to the citizens of Palmdale.” The solar power arrays are comprised of approximately 3,200 photovoltaic panels located on shade structures, which were designed to blend with the look and feel of the city’s surroundings. The system will help the city of Palmdale meet state mandates for renewable power generation and greenhouse gas reduction and is expected to eliminate 1,201 tons of carbon dioxide annually according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data for the region. California schools and municipalities interested in on-site solar through a power purchase agreement with Constellation may contact PsomasFMG at firstname.lastname@example.org or (714)465-4904. About the City of Palmdale The birthplace of the Space Shuttle and B2 Stealth Bomber, the City of Palmdale has enjoyed tremendous growth and prosperity over the last two decades. Our more than 153,000 residents enjoy a comfortable hometown feel with a strong family orientation, excellent education system and abundant recreational opportunities in a safe environment. As the premier shopping destination in the High Desert, Palmdale attracts the best of both retail and manufacturing companies, and is poised to become a major Southern California transportation hub with plans for two high speed rail systems, Metrolink, two freeways and an airport all converging in Palmdale.