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Sacramento Powers Water Facilities With Solar

May 9, 2013 By Linda Hardesty

SolarCity logoThe City of Sacramento has completed two solar installations to power the city’s E.A. Fairbairn Water Treatment Plant on the American River and the Sacramento River Water Treatment Plant on the Sacramento River.

SolarCity financed, installed and will maintain the solar systems at no cost to the city, with the city paying less for the renewable power generated by the solar systems than the current utility rates. The two new systems will generate about 2.2 million kWh annually.

SolarCity custom designed the ground-mount panel installations for these two facilities by factoring in the water tank weight constraints.

City officials can track the two installations’ energy production and consumption with SolarCity’s PowerGuide monitoring service, which is fully integrated with the city’s own centralized monitoring system.

The two water treatment plants’ solar systems, totaling 1.5 MW, boost the City of Sacramento’s total solar capacity by 80 percent. SolarCity previously installed solar power at four other municipal sites: the City Hall, the Police Department, the Meadowview Service Center and the South Corporation Yard.



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