By Sacramento Business Journal

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has signed multiple 20-year power purchase agreements with independent power producer Recurrent Energy for 60 megawatts of solar power to be developed in south Sacramento County.

Recurrent Energy will build 12 5-megawatt projects in Galt and Elk Grove, all of which are expected to be operating by fall 2012.

The agreements are the first to come out of the utilityâ¿¿s feed-in tariff program, introduced in January. The program is designed to remove barriers to interconnection with the utility by providing standard rates and contract conditions.

Applications for SMUDâ¿¿s feed-in tariff program exceeded its 100-megawatt capacity for renewable power-generating facilities. All applications were for solar projects.

⿿We are excited about Recurrent Energy⿿s enthusiasm for participating in this renewable energy program,⿝ SMUD assistant general manager Jim Shetler said in a news release. ⿿Sixty additional megawatts of renewable power is a welcome addition to the Sacramento area.⿝

Recurrent Energy of San Francisco develops clean power plants. The company has a pipeline of more than 1.3 gigawatts of solar projects across North America and Europe.

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