Solar panel equipment arriving for Sunset Reservoir solar panel plant 

Solar panel mounting equipment is being shipped to the Bay Area to prepare for construction of a large solar power plant.

The mounts will hold in place more than 23,000 Suntech-brand solar panels above the Sunset Reservoir in the Sunset District that are capable of collectively producing five megawatts of electricity.

The City will purchase the electricity to help power its operations from San Francisco-based Recurrent Energy, which is developing the plant on the city-owned reservoir.

Such mounting equipment is often bolted into a rooftop or the ground, but these mounts will instead be attached to the roof of the water reservoir using a strong adhesive.

The first pieces of mounting equipment were shipped from the Midwest to a warehouse in Brisbane late last week and final deliveries are expected to be made in mid-March, San Rafael-based equipment manufacturer SunLink Corporation announced.

Construction of the plant is expected to begin later this month, according to San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokesman Charles Sheehan. Preparation work has already started at the site, Sheehan said.

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