Earlier this month, Lightsource BP bought 90.9 acres of undeveloped land in Rio Linda for part of “Wildflower Solar I”, a 16-megawatt development to deliver electricity for SMUD’s SolarShares program. Lightsource BP, one of the world’s largest owner-operators of solar energy assets, announced today a new collaboration with Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
The power purchase agreement will bring locally-generated solar photovoltaic power to the utilities’ customers over 20+ years.
According to the Sacramento Business Journal, The vacant land was once used for cattle grazing. The seller is the Bernik Family Trust.[the_ad_group id=”146″]
This is the same property that Florida Power and Light wanted to place a 560 megawatt power plant on in 2002, near the corner of West 6th and U Streets. in 2010, the four parcels that make up this property were approved by the county for a 10-megawatt solar farm, but the developer of the project never moved forward.
The property is crossed in several directions by high-power electric transmission wires. Nearby is a large electrical station of the Western Area Power Administration, a federal agency that operates and maintains federal electrical transmission systems in the West. The property is also near major SMUD and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. transmission lines, which made it attractive to Lightsource BP, according to the Sacramento Business Journal.