As a part of the agreement, Recurrent Energy will develop 12 individual 5MW projects in Galt and Elk Grove, both in California. The company expects to install the projects and begin operation by fall 2012.

These agreements are part of the utility’s feed-in tariff program (FIT) introduced in January of this year with the purpose of eliminating barriers to interconnection with the utility by offering standard rates and contract conditions to the utility’s power generating customers.

In addition, the program is expected to benefit the region by protecting the environment, saving money, reducing climate impacts of electrical generation and providing local economic benefit

Arno Harris, CEO of Recurrent Energy, said: “Distributed-scale solar has an important role to play in helping to meet near-term renewable energy goals.

“We have over 330MW of distributed-scale projects in our contracted portfolio across North America and Europe, and these 12 solar power systems with SMUD are a clear validation of our approach to developing and marketing solar power in California.”