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Posted on: August 29, 2017

Energy Savings in South County Gets $800,000 Boost from Solar Enhancement

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Significant commitments toward clean energy solutions and reduction of energy costs are underway at the SCRWA wastewater treatment and water reclamation facility.  Planning, design and permitting of the 189 kW solar electric systems began in 2016 and construction was completed in July 2017, with Permission-To-Operate achieved from Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) on July 18.   The first of two planned solar energy systems is fully operational, and the facility is currently receiving solar energy which will offset energy usage at two of SCRWA’s lower-usage electrical meters.  The new system is estimated to produce a savings of approximately $40,000 within the first year of service and up to an estimated $800,000 over the course of the next 20 years. 

Additionally, electricity needed to operate equipment but not currently provided by solar, is supplied by Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) through the GreenPrime program. The GreenPrime program is a more environmentally friendly renewable energy source, which allows the SCRWA facility to have a reliable and economical source of energy serving our community. 

For more information about this project please contact SCRWA at 408-848-0480.

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