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4827 Chico River Rd.

Date Completed:
October 20, 2005

System Peak Capacity:
1,107 kW

System Area:
5 acres

Solar Electric Tiles:

Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP)

Photovoltaic System Description:

The solar electric system installed at Chico's Water Pollution Control Plant is a ground mounted photovoltaic (PV) tracking system, which maximizes the sun's available energy by capturing up to 25% more daylight than fixed arrays, as the tracker follows the sun from early morning to late afternoon.  The system uses high efficiency PV modules to generate maximum output per square foot.  The modules are composed of solar cells made of solid-state semiconductors to convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity.  The DC output from the PV modules is then converted to alternating current (AC) electricity by inverters for use by the city of Chico.

For photos of the site click here: WPCP Pictures