Solar Panel Project Update

The City of Watsonville has saved the equivalent of 5,982 gallons of gas, 53 tons of CO2, 1,329 trees and 421 60 watt light bulbs and counting through the installation of solar panels at Watsonville City Hall.

Visit: https://secure.deckmonitoring.com/portfolios/Watsonville, to view our current energy savings. You must click on “Watsonville City Hall”,  or “Water Resources Center”, then “View Dashboard” to view.

For example the graphic above shows you the information for the Water Resources Center as of April 12 of 2012 to July 2, 2013.

Just 93 million miles outside the City of Watsonville there is a source of free energy. Every day the sun bathes each square yard of our planet with 3,440 million, trillion photons of light. Those photons are packed full of energy. In 2011, Public Works staff decided it was time the City took advantage of this amazing energy resource. Using $3 million from a Federal New Clean Renewable Energy Bond, the City has installed solar panels at three city facilities. Solar panels already cover the roof of the old City Hall. More panels have been installed at the Wastewater Recycling Facility off West Beach  and will be installed at the corporation yard on Harvest Drive. By July of this year the City will be generating over 850,000 kWh of solar energy. During the first year alone, the project is expected to reduce the city’s energy costs by $292,000. Over their 25 year lifespan, the panels are expected to save the city almost $4 million. Those little photons really add up to big bucks!

This along with the Energy Efficient Street Lighting Project and the Installation of Solar Panels Project  Reduction in Energy Usage Project will make a difference. A quick tally shows that this project along with the Energy Efficient Street Lighting and the Reduction in Energy Usage Project will reduce the City’s carbon footprint by almost 1,400 tons/year. That’s 20% of the City’s total carbon footprint. So not only do we help save the City money, we also help save the planet!

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