Boise, Idaho - December 15, 2017 - Clēnera has developed and completed operations on one of Alabama’s largest solar farms, Alabama Solar A. AL Solar A, located among 1,100 acres of farming land in LaFayette, AL in Chambers County, has a capacity of 79.2 megawatts - enough to power 18,000 homes.
Clēnera partnered with Swinerton Renewable Energy, Alabama Power, and LaFayette locals, creating more than 450 jobs, to build this solar farm featuring over 338,000 solar panels; 89 miles of direct current, underground conductors; 26 miles of medium voltage conductors; and 9 miles of fiber cable. This impressive solar project utilized next-generation technology.
Alabama Power has a power purchase agreement with Centaurus Renewable Energy, the owner of AL Solar A. Alabama Power therefore receives all of the energy produced by the 338,000 solar panels, and sells most of the energy to Walmart to assist the company in meeting its goal of being supplied by 100% renewable energy, with solar being a large contributor. The remaining renewable energy credits are sold to Alabama Power’s customers.
“Sourcing renewable energy from the AL Solar A project plays a crucially important role in providing power for Walmart facilities throughout Alabama,” Steve Chriss, director of Energy and Strategy Analysis for Walmart, said in a news release. “The energy procured from AL Solar A will significantly contribute to Walmart’s sustainability goals and serve as a benchmark for our ongoing renewable energy efforts.”
Alabama Power’s agreement with Walmart not only means creating a sustainable future for the company; it also means that the remaining renewable energy certificates are affordable for Alabama Power’s customers.
“At Clēnera, we believe in supporting local communities and are committed to providing clean energy at the lowest possible cost to consumers and businesses throughout the country,” Michael Gallego, Vice President of Operations for Clēnera, said in a news release. We appreciate the support of the AL Solar A project by Alabama Power, as well as the local suppliers, vendors, businesses, and industries in Alabama who have been exceptional to work with.”
Clenera, LLC (“Clēnera”) is a privately-held renewable energy company headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Clēnera acquires, develops, builds and manages utility-scale solar farms and energy storage facilities throughout the United States. Combining breakthrough technology with a deeply integrated team approach, Clēnera provides reliable, affordable energy systems and helps its utility partners become clean energy leaders in their communities. Clēnera’s current operating portfolio exceeds 1.3 GW, with more than 14 GW of solar and storage assets in development. Learn more at www.clenera.com.
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