Construction has started on the largest community solar project in Marin County, CA. Renewable Properties is overseeing the development, which is being built on the Silver Ranch Solar Project. After months of planning and development, the array has become the largest in Marin County.
The first Community Choice Aggregation Program in California, Marin Clean Energy (MCE), will benefit from the project once it’s completed. The program will receive 3-megawatts of solar power from Renewable Properties development, making it the first project for the firm in Marin County and the third built specifically to help MCE deliver clean, locally sourced renewable energy across a 20-year power purchase agreement.
According to Renewable Properties president Aaron Halimi, the collaboration between MCE and Renewable is a direct response to the state of the environment. Through the largest community solar project, both companies will be stepping in to combat climate change while providing homeowners an option for affordable solar energy.
The community array will take over 11 acres of the 41-acre parcel, which is privately owned by cattle ranchers. The site will be left for cattle to graze in order to meet local requirements of on-site agricultural use.
MCE Third District Supervisor and Board Chair, Kate Sears, spoke about the collaboration between the two companies and extended gratitude to Renewable Properties. Sears also mentioned the COVID-19 pandemic, its effect on the economy, and how the solar programs will upgrade the local grid infrastructure while keeping residents employed.
To generate enough electricity to power approximately 800 single-family Marin County homes per year, the installation will use fixed-tilt tracking solar panels. There will be more than 8,600 bifacial solar photovoltaic modules throughout the largest community solar project in Marin County.
The installation will be the first in Marin County to be accompanied by a pollinator, which was provided by Pollinator Partnership of San Francisco non-profit organization devoted to pollinator health.