As part of its Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the City of Hayward has welcomed the completion of a 1MW solar energy system at its water pollution control facility (WPCF) by REC Solar. Anticipated to produce 1.95MWh of energy per year, the system will compensate 24% of WPCF’s energy needs.REC Solar managed the design and installation of the systems, which extends over eight acres and uses ground-mounted, single-axis trackers with 5,152 REC 225PE solar panels.
“Forward-thinking municipalities like Hayward are key to encouraging the adoption of renewable energy technologies, as they recognize both the environmental and economic benefits of large-scale solar installations like that at the Water Pollution Control Facility,” said Kam Mofid, president of REC Solar, Inc. “It is particularly meaningful to provide clean energy to a facility dedicated to clean water and a cleaner environment. We are excited to contribute to the city of Hayward’s sustainability efforts and help the community reduce its carbon footprint.”
The solar project was granted financial assistance from the California Solar Initiative (CSI) and the California Energy Commission, who issued a low interest US$2.5 million loan. PG&E will dispense the CSI incentive rebates, which total up to US$2.6 million, over the next five years.