Solar Power, Inc. (Solar Power) and Solar Power Partners, Inc. (SPP) and Marshall Medical Center (Marshall), have announced the completion of a new 669 kW DC photovoltaic (PV) solar electric system to provide power to Marshall located in Cameron Park, California. Solar Power has provided the design, engineering and construction services for the solar PV project. In addition to the design and construction of the arrays, Solar Power also manufactured the 3,344 PV modules for the project.

The system uses solar modules sitting atop elevated structures that not only place the arrays in direct sunlight, but also provide shading to the cars beneath.

Solar Power has brought SPP into the Marshall solar installation project as the financing partner to facilitate a power purchase agreement (PPA) between SPP and Marshall. As per the PPA, Marshall did not incur any out-of-pocket expenses, which supported its commitment to focusing resources on patient care.

The PV system’s elevated arrays create a visually appealing system, which complements the appearance of the outpatient medical facility and its natural hilltop location. The structures are consistent with the building’s architecture and reflect Marshall’s commitment to care as well as to being as environmentally sensitive as possible.

“We are very proud that Marshall selected us to develop the system for them,” commented Steve Kircher, chief executive officer (CEO) of Solar Power. “The visibility the system will have, and its role in helping Marshall Medical Center fulfill its mission to the community, make a wonderful complement to our mission as a company as well.”

“We’re very pleased to work with Marshall Medical Center and Solar Power to set a practical example of affordable sustainable energy for healthcare facilities. The arrays at Marshall will provide consistent, clean energy to the facility for years, and we are proud to be a long-term partner with Marshall on this effort,” said Alexander V Welczeck, president and CEO of SPP.

James Whipple, CEO for Marshall, notes that the structures reflect the organization’s commitment to the community. “We are thrilled with the way the solar structures not only support the environment, but also provide protection from the elements with covered parking for our patients and visitors,” said Whipple. “Our first value as an organization is that our patients come first. With the solar power arrays, we’re supporting that value and also making a clear statement about our commitment to the environment as well. Also, living in such a beautiful part of California and being one of the largest employers in the county, we feel the obligation to lead in protecting our environment for our residents and future generations,” he added.