SANTA ROSA, Calif., Feb. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The County of Sonoma has partnered with ForeFront Power, a leading developer and asset manager of commercial and industrial-scale solar energy and storage projects, to build a 963 kilowatt (kW) solar energy portfolio at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS), as well as at the Sonoma County Fleet Operations Building at 709 Russell Avenue in Santa Rosa. Through a five-year collaboration with the County, ForeFront Power installed an 884 kW solar canopy in the Airport parking lot, and a 79 kW rooftop solar array at the Fleet Building.
ForeFront Power analyzed the Airport’s annual electrical consumption and designed a solar energy system to cover the Airport’s electrical energy needs. They developed a solar parking canopy comprising 2,010 solar modules that generate enough renewable electricity to offset 100% of the Airport’s annual electrical demand. PG&E’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) provision allows the Airport to “bank” any excess energy produced by the system during periods of extended sunshine. The Airport can then tap these banked excess energy credits at night or on cloudy days, or whenever daily electricity demand exceeds the production by its solar energy system.
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