City of San José

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Location San José, CA
System Size 2 MW in progress
Project Size 10+ Sites
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"San José is a national leader in solar installations and these projects will bring us one step closer to reaching our Green Vision goals. Installing solar on City facilities is not just good for the environment; it will also save the City money and support the region's clean tech economy."
- Chuck Reed, City of San José Mayor
 
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City of San José Partners with SolarCity to Make Green Vision Goals a Reality

Despite the tough economic times facing cities, the City of San José is moving full steam ahead towards its Green Vision goal of 50% energy reduction per capita and being supplied by 100% renewable energy by 2022. The City of San José has teamed up with SolarCity and will save millions by going solar at community centers, libraries and other city facilities. So far, 9 solar projects totaling 1.1 megawatts have been completed, while 11 other projects are in the planning or construction phases. Installations completed are: Kelley Park (411 kW), two installations at the Police Activities League Sports Center (160 kW), Tully Community Library (127 kW), South Service Yard (95 kW), Willow Community Center (88 kW), Alum Rock Libruary (80 kW), Pearl Library (65 kW), Municipal Water Office(30 kW), and Tully Ball Field (29 kW).

Solar Power to Generate Millions in Energy Savings

The City does not have to tap into city funds, but will simply buy the clean power produced at a rate expected to be lower than they currently pay the utility over a 20 year term. SolarCity will design, install and maintain the solar systems through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The solar power systems are expected to create millions in energy savings for City taxpayers over the course of the 20 year PPA. SolarCity estimates that the Kelley Park project alone will save the city $27,000 in the first year and up to $1.2 million over 20 years.

Overall, the City of San José is well on its way to meeting its sustainability goals, all while supporting the local economy and generating significant cost savings.