On Thursday, 30 March 2017, fourteen delegates of USAID ICED II’ Clean Energy Executive Exchange Program held site visit to Rancho Seco, a 11 Megawatt Solar Array located in Herald California. Owned by Sacramento Municipal Utility District, the Rancho Seco site hosted one of the first utility-scale solar arrays in the world when it was build in 1984, adjacent to the now-decommissioned Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Station.
Standing in the ex nuclear power plant, the SPV project provide not only clean electricity, but also environmental benefits to the SMUD customer.
The thin film technology that they use is one of the latest technology in spv, a second generation of sola cell that is made by depositing one or more thin layers, or thin films of photovoltaic material on a substrate, in this case glass. Thin film technology is applied in some of the world’s largest photovoltaic power stations.
The visit aimed to gain insight on the layout of the projects, projected power output and commercial viability of each site.
California powered with 72 GW of Gas (54%), RE 28%, large hydro 12%, nuclear 2,2%, coal 0.7%, oil 0.3%, other 1%. While the Renewable Energy covered of 48% utility scale of Solar PV (not include PV rooftop), 29% wind, 9% geothermal, 6% small hydro, 6% biofuel, and 0.4% battery storage.