Sacramento City Council has approved SolarCity’s request to build a 1.9MW multi-site system in the city centre. When completed, the development will be the largest in Sacramento and generate around 2.6 million kWh of electricity a year. Funding and system maintenance is being supplied by SolarCity, while the city is buying the electricity produced under a power purchase agreement.
“This project is a triple win for Sacramento – it will save taxpayers money by lowering the city’s energy costs, reduce pollution by generating renewable power and create more local jobs to install the panels,” Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said. “It’s our goal to become a greener city and generating clean energy on our facilities is keeping with that commitment.”
SolarCity has already built in excess of 700 solar projects in the Sacramento area, ranging from major manufacturing facilities to small-scale domestic systems, and recently moved to a new, 15,000 square-foot operations centre in the city to house its 81 employees.
“The City’s new solar projects should help us pass the 100-employee mark in Sacramento this year,” said Solar City’s regional director, Dennis Cox. “It’s possible for Sacramento businesses and residents to save money by using cleaner power, just as the City is doing, and we expect solar adoption to continue to increase in the area as a result of the City’s leadership.”