SunEdison to Install Four Solar Power Plants in Long Beach


Image of a SunEdison solar parking canopy in Huntington Beach, courtesy of SunEdison.

SunEdison, Inc. has announced a partnership with the City of Long Beach to install four solar power plants for the City of Long Beach, according to a statement from SunEdison.

The power plants will deliver a combined 2.5 megawatts of solar energy and are part of a call right list of TerraForm Power, Inc., a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants.

“It’s a genuine pleasure to partner with the City of Long Beach,” said Rafael Dobrzynski, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Distributed Generation at SunEdison North America, in a statement. “The City has a compelling vision for a sustainable economy, and with solar they can save money, save water, and cut down on pollution. And with a SunEdison fixed-price power purchase agreement, they can lock in energy savings without a penny up-front.”

Long Beach predicts $60,000 in savings during the first year alone. The four solar power plants are also projected to save 3,249 tons of carbon dioxide per year, equivalent to taking 621 cars off the road, or the amount of carbon sequestered by 2,416 acres of trees.

The City of Long Beach chose SunEdison based on their successful track record with other California cities, like San Jose and Huntington Beach.

The solar systems will be installed on a number of city buildings and properties, including the Long Beach Airport and the main health department building, according to SunEdison.

“Each solar installation is designed to offset power exclusively for the city at the sites where the systems are installed,” SunEdison said in a statement. “Operation and maintenance of the solar power plants will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides global 24/7 asset management, monitoring and reporting services.”

According to Sam Youneszadeh, Managing Director, West Coast Distributed Generation at SunEdison, the groundbreaking date has yet to be set, while depending on the season and project complexity, each solar power plant takes approximately four to six months to build. 

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