Merced City Schools adding a 1.5-MW solar portfolio via PCI Solar, NextEra Energy

PCI solar project

PCI Solar, in partnership with NextEra Energy, has begun construction on a solar portfolio for Merced City Schools District (MCSD) in California.

MCSD secured grant funding through the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39), and released a Request for Proposal to provide solar shade structures at nine of their schools and one maintenance facility. MCSD’s goal is to save money on energy costs while providing much needed shade around playground areas and other key locations. MCSD worked with Terraverde Renewable Partners to help develop the project and formulate the RFP.

PCI Solar and NextEra Energy responded to the competitive RFP and subsequently won the project. NextEra provided the power purchase agreement and PCI Solar’s award- winning team began construction on September 1st.

The project consists of 17 shade structures ranging from 78-kW to 272-kW at 10 different sites, totaling 1.5-MW DC. The carport structures are designed, manufactured and installed by MBL, with Hanwha Q Cells 335 watt photovoltaic modules and Sungrow string inverters.

The projects are expected to be complete before the end of the year.

— Solar Builder magazine

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