Oceanside, California, plans to add more onsite solar to city facilities this fall, the Coast News reported. The project is part of a 25-year agreement with PFMG Solar that saves the city the cost of installation and maintenance on the solar energy systems. Oceanside just pays for the electricity generated by the systems.
During the first phase of the project, which broke ground in March 2016, solar panel-covered parking are being added to a fire station, community center, senior center, and Oceanside’s operations center. Two buildings at the city’s police headquarters also get new roofs in preparation for adding PV panels. The project’s second phase begins next month, with solar panels installed on two additional fire stations, the City of Oceanside Fire Department’s training center, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
The city aims to capitalize on its 300-plus days of sunshine, a councilman told the Coast News. Each onsite solar system should help reduce Oceanside’s dependence on purchasing electricity from San Diego Gas & Electric, the utility that serves the region. Under the agreement Oceanside inked, electricity generated from PFMG Solar is priced below SDG&E rates, the Coast News reported.
Previously, in 2015, the city installed more than 7,700 connected LED street lights as part of its Green Oceanside campaign. The lighting project was expected to save Oceanside $600,000 annually on energy and maintenance costs.
PFMG Solar and Oceanside estimate that approximately 74% of the city’s power needs will be offset by solar power, a city water utilities senior management analyst told the paper. Construction on the new solar systems is set to begin soon.