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Massive Bishop Ranch solar project enters phase two

35,000 panels set for installation throughout six sites
Solar panels in place as part of the first phase of installation at Bishop Ranch, with the second phase set for completion by early 2024.

Following a breakthrough in the future of clean energy at Lawrence Livermore National Lab last month, the Tri-Valley is now set to house another one of the world's most ambitious renewable energy projects to date, with thousands of new solar panels set for installation at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon.

Officials at Sunset Development Company announced the second phase of their partnership with New York-based DSD Renewables, which will see 35,000 new solar panels installed across Bishop Ranch by early next year -- enough to offset an estimated 90% of energy use at the redeveloping business park.

"As we continue to transform Bishop Ranch into a vibrant downtown, DSD remains the ideal partner to assist in getting us one step closer to our ultimate goal of relying 100% on clean, renewable energy," said Alexander Mehran Jr., president and CEO of Sunset Development Company.

The first phase of the project, which kicked off in 2021, has offset energy use at City Center Bishop Ranch by 75%, and made it the largest shopping center in the world to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Currently, San Ramon has the largest concentration of property with LEED certification outside of a metropolitan area.

"DSD's acclaimed state-of-the-art technology reflects and complements Bishop Ranch's commitment to sustainability," Mehran said. "The immense scale of this second phase, along with its innovative design and overall aesthetic, is set to place San Ramon on the map for solar and energy storage installations."

In total, the solar energy and storage project is estimated to be capable of producing and holding nearly 25 megawatts of electricity upon completion, officials said.

"The second phase of solar installation at Bishop Ranch is a testament to their sustainable business practices, and we are excited to partner with them at this scale to design and build this architecturally stunning solar plus storage portfolio," said Ben Jones, executive vice president of Canopy Design Engineering at DSD Renewables.


About the Author: Jeanita Lyman

Jeanita joined the Pleasanton Weekly in September 2020 and covers the Danville and San Ramon beat. She studied journalism at Skyline College and Mills College while covering the Peninsula for the San Mateo Daily Journal, returning to the area in 2013.
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