DGS Director Daniel C. Kim (fourth from left) joins other dignitaries as they flip the solar switch at Rancho Seco on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Nearly 11 megawatts of solar energy helps power the State Capitol and the new Golden 1 Center

RANCHO SECO – One week before the grand opening of the new Golden 1 Center, dignitaries celebrated the operation of the brand new solar power plant at Rancho Seco.

Officials with state and federal government, the Sacramento Kings, SMUD, First Solar and plant owner, the D. E. Shaw group, ceremonially “flipped the big switch” on the plant, which will deliver clean electricity to the State Capitol and other downtown state buildings as well as the new Golden 1 Center—making it one of the greenest sports arenas in the world.

Recently, the Department of General Services (DGS) signed on to buy about half the power generated by the plant, agreeing to a 20-year SolarShares® partnership. Last fall, the Kings and SMUD agreed to a 20-year SolarShares partnership to provide Golden 1 Center with approximately 85 percent of its annual electricity needs.

The SMUD commercial SolarShares program is designed to provide business customers with a low-cost, hassle-free solar option to onsite solar panels.

Watch a short video about the event, here.

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Written by California Department of General Services

The Department of General Services (DGS) serves as business manager for the state of California. General Services helps to better serve the public by providing a variety of services to state agencies through procurement and acquisition solutions, real estate management and design, environmentally friendly transportation, professional printing, design and web services, and funding for the creation and construction of safe schools. The DGS vision: Excellence in the Business of Government!

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