Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has put a 3.9MWdc solar project online, and the dedication ceremony was joined by PSEG Solar Source, the developer, the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), and juwi solar Inc. (JSI).
The PSEG Lawrence Livermore Solar Center utilizes 12,720 solar panels, and is expected to generate approximately 6,300MWh of clean electricity per year. Electricity generated from the facility will be purchased by the Western Area Power Administration through a 20-year contract, which is also the DOE/NNSA's largest purchase of solar energy from an onsite facility.
At its peak, the solar facility provides about 5% of the electricity used by the Laboratory – a premier research institution with the mission of applying science and technology to national security.
JSI offered EPC service for the Livermore project and operates it for PSEG Solar Source.
JSI was the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the Livermore project and operates the facility for PSEG Solar Source. Currently, PSEG Solar Source operates 13 solar facilities in nine states with a total capacity of 152MW and has another four solar facilities under construction, which will expand its portfolio to 315 MW.
"We are delighted to be part of a project that will provide clean energy to one of world's leading research and development institutions," said Diana Drysdale, president of PSEG Solar Source. "By investing in solar projects like this one, we are doing our part to lay the foundation for a clean, green and economically vibrant energy future for everyone."
"LLNL is proud to be the majority end user of this clean, green energy and is proud to be the first NNSA facility to employ solar power onsite in the western region," said Mark Martinez, the Lab's Principal Associate Director, Operations & Business Directorate. "This project is a large contributor for the Lab in its efforts to meet the DOE goal for renewables for this year."
At the dedication ceremony, dozens of Laboratory employees attended the dedication and were given tours of the solar farm.