Board Approves New Solar Array at Kerman Site
The CCAGA Board of Directors approved the construction of a 1 mega-watt fixed solar array in 2015. The facility came on line on May 2, 2016 and has operated for two years. The solar site offsets 70% of the power generated by Kerman Plant #3 and has been an overwhelming success. The construction process was flawless, and we have met or exceeded our initial projections in each year of power generation. Since the project was installed the cost of solar panels has decreased and there have been technological improvements to nearly all the components utilized in a solar field.
These facts are compelling, and they suggest that a second mega-watt should be considered to help us offset 70% of the power needs of Kerman Plants #1 and #2. Recently, the Board of Directors approved an additional 1-megawatt solar site adjacent to our first solar array. We have contracted with Cenergy Power, LP for the construction of this facility. This time, instead of a fixed array we will be utilizing a tracker system. CCAGA has entered into a seven-year lease agreement with Farm Credit Leasing and the project should be operational in the early Spring of 2019.