New Projects

First Solar, Inc. has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to offtake 10.8 MW of power from a solar facility to be built on the site of the decommissioned Rancho Seco Nuclear Generation Station (RSNGS) in Herald, California.

There are no roads leading to SMUD’s 688-MW Upper American River Project hydroelectric system, so recent projects at Rubicon Dam and Buck Island Reservoir saw SMUD engineers and contractors join 20 pack mules and their four handlers on a more than 6-mile trek with three tons of construction equipment, tools and camping supplies.