Continuing our long-standing relationship, San Joaquin County recently partnered with Ameresco to complete installation of a 5.3-megawatt ground mount solar energy system at the County’s Foothill Landfill. Under a separate agreement Ameresco previously constructed a 4.3 MW landfill gas to energy plan (LFGTE) at the same landfill.
“San Joaquin County, and it’s local communities, have long prioritized the development of renewable energy resources, both for reducing emissions and supplementing existing electricity generation. In addition to its environmental impact, the solar energy system will provide further utility cost savings to our region, which will directly benefit residents and local governments’ ability to better serve its constituents.”
– Kathy Miller
Chair of the San Joaquin County
Board of Supervisors
Solar Panels Installed
Annual Solar Electricity Generation
The solar energy system will generate approximately 10,473,000 kWh of electricity in year one. This equates to a reduction of 7,405 tons of CO2 emissions or 854 homes’ energy use for one year. In addition to the significant electrical savings, the County will also receive a $500,000 upfront lease payment for the use of the land, infusing revenue into the County from day one.
- Utility cost savings
- Supplementing existing electricity generation
- Reduced carbon emissions
- Green reuse of undeveloped land
San Joaquin County partnered with Ameresco to develop, own, and operate a ground-mount solar photovoltaic system at the Foothill Landfill in Linden, California. Funded by a power purchase agreement (PPA), Ameresco installed 13,770 solar modules rated at 385W-DC each, as well as 29 solar inverters rated at 125kW-AC each. Separately, municipal solid waste at Foothill Landfill naturally decomposes generating landfill gas, which is then captured and converted into a renewable source of power. Ameresco’s LFGTE facilities safely utilizes landfill gas collected from extraction wells, the gas is cleaned before specialized engines convert it to electricity for sale to the electricity marketplace.
- Amerseco developed, owns, and operates the facilities
- Solar PV energy system
- Landfill gas to energy plant