Sunset Development Company, DSD Renewables to Install 35,000 Solar Panels at San Ramon’s Bishop Ranch

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San Ramon, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2023) – San Ramon is now home to the world’s largest multicampus solar and energy storage installation, equating to nearly 25 megawatts (MW), as Sunset Development Company and DSD Renewables (DSD) again partner for phase two of its renewable energy solution and solar installation atBishop Ranch, the thriving 600-acre, mixed-use Bay Area neighborhood.This second phase will add 35,000 solar panels across Bishop Ranch’s office buildings, including Bishop Ranch numbered 1, 15, 8, 9, 3 and 2600. Once completed in Q1 of 2024, the second installation will produce 22,239,778 kWh of clean, renewable energy annually that will offset Bishop Ranch’s energy usage by 90%.

“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. “DSD’s acclaimed state-of-the-art technology reflects and complements Bishop Ranch’s commitment to sustainability. 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 2021, Sunset Development Company worked with DSD to develop the first phase of the solar installation at City Center Bishop Ranch, which features rooftop and canopy PV systems that offset 75% of City Center’s total energy usage. Together, the 1.33 MW systems produce 2,073,023 kWh of clean, renewable energy annually – the equivalent of removing 7,550 cars from the road or planting more than 577,000 new trees. City Center Bishop Ranch is the largest shopping center in the world to be awarded LEED® Platinum certification.

“We are proud to work closely with Sunset Development Company and have established a strong relationship with the entire team,” said Ben Jones, DSD’s EVP of Canopy Design Engineering. “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.”

Bishop Ranch already holds the distinction of the largest concentration of LEED® space outside of a major metropolitan area. With an existing comprehensive program in place to minimize its environmental footprint, this latest project supports the company’s core green philosophy and complements an award-winning transit program, extensive recycling initiative, green cleaning practices and more.

About Bishop Ranch
Owned and developed by Sunset Development since 1978, the family-operated company is guided by the long-held vision of making Bishop Ranch a distinct Californian community. Spread across 600 acres in Northern California’s San Ramon Valley, Bishop Ranch is where community, commerce and culture collide to create a thriving, walkable downtown for the city of San Ramon and a significant job center for the region. At its core, the 10-million-square-foot, next-generation workplace is one of the country’s largest office campuses and home to 30,000 employees and a dynamic mix of more than 600 businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, local startups and everything in between. With an award-winning transit program and a deep commitment to sustainability, Bishop Ranch aims to be the largest distributed power generation site in the world with 80% of its energy produced on-site by solar. The heartbeat of Bishop Ranch is City Center, a $300 million, 300,000-square-foot, open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination. With its range of nearly 60 distinctive retailers and notable restaurants – including The Slanted Door, LB Steak, Boba Guys and Fieldwork Brewing Company — along with Equinox Fitness, the luxurious LOT Cinema and the inviting public square, City Center is a unique and ever-popular gathering place. From art and music events to a thriving farmers’ market, City Center is the destination for social and cultural experiences.

With an unwavering commitment to build a walkable downtown, Bishop Ranch will soon introduce several distinctive residential communities, eventually numbering some 6,000 homes. Also planned is a new boutique hotel, as well as restaurant and retail options throughout the various neighborhoods.

About Sunset Development Company
Founded in 1951 and owned and operated by three generations of the Mehran family, Sunset Development Company is a real estate development and property management company headquartered in San Ramon, Calif. In 1978, Sunset Development purchased Bishop Ranch and, over the course of four decades, grew it into a 600-acre destination where community, commerce and culture collide to create a thriving, walkable downtown for the city of San Ramon and a significant job center for the region. The company is credited with helping make the Tri-Valley one of the fastest growing parts of the Bay Area and is unwavering in its commitment to create and encourage new ways for people to live and work healthier and happier.

About DSD Renewables
DSD Renewables (DSD) is transforming the way organizations harness clean energy while building a more sustainable future. With unparalleled capabilities including development, structured financing, project acquisition and long-term asset ownership, DSD accelerates the deployment of renewable energy resources and creates significant value for our commercial, industrial, and municipal customers and partners. Backed by word-leading financial partners like BlackRock Real Assets and rooted in our founding at GE, our team brings a distinct combination of ingenuity, rigor, and accountability to every project we manage, acquire, own, and maintain.

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