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Apr 23

Energy Efficient Project: Solar Panel Success

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 12:13 PM by Maggie Le

Over the past year, the City has undertaken a comprehensive energy efficiency project aimed at cutting the City’s electrical use and cost. A significant part of the project was the construction of solar panel arrays at four City facilities. All four solar sites have now been approved by Southern California Edison and are now generating electricity for City facilities.

The location and estimated annual energy production of each solar site is as follows:

 Location  Estimated Annual Energy Production
 Center at Founder's Village 194,777 kWh 
 Corporate Yard 175,759 kWh 
 Recreation Center 566,460 kWh 
 Police Station 261,134 kWh 
 Total  1,198,130 kWh

Other significant energy efficiency improvements from the project included:

  1. Recreation Center: Installation of a new air conditioning and heating system at the Recreation Center Gymnasium.
  2. City Hall: Replacement of (2) indoor air handling units serving the City Council Chambers with a single unit for improved efficiency and cost savings.
  3. City Parks: Replacement of exterior pole mounted lighting fixtures with high efficiency LED lights. The LED lights provide enhanced night time visibility, energy savings, long life, and low maintenance.
  4. Street Intersections: Replacement of intersection street lights with high efficiency LED lights. The LED lights provide enhanced night time visibility, energy savings, long life, and low maintenance.

Results:

In February, the electricity billings for the City Yard and the Senior Center was a combined total of $4,400, and in March the electricity billings for the two facilities was a total of $500. In one month, the City Yard and Senior Center generated a combined savings of $3,900.

The City’s Energy Efficiency Project will result in an estimated annual energy savings of $190,000 and reduce City facility related greenhouse gas emissions by 20%.

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