Solar Power Reservoir Topping Project Done

Just a few short months ago, than San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom announced that the city’s proposed Sunset Reservoir Solar Project would provide a whopping 5 megwatts of power, effectively tripling the city’s solar capacity. Now BASS Electric has announced that this gound-breaking renewable energy project is complete.

The twelve-acre, 5 MW solar photovoltaic system has been installed on top of Sunset Reservoir. Because the solar array sits atop the reservoir’s delicate lid, all module and racking components had to be fabricated on site, then carefully rolled into position.

Sunset Basin Reservoir Project

image via BASS Electric

The Sunset Reservoir Solar Project is expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 109,000 metric tons over the course of its 25 year lifetime, equivalent to taking more than 1,000 typical San Francisco homes off the grid. The project has created dozens of green jobs in the city, the majority of which have been by San Francisco residents.

The Sunset Reservoir Solar Project is believed to be the largest solar PV system in California, and the largest municipal installation in the country.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.