MCFARLAND, Calif., — In line with a growing national trend, the City of McFarland today announced the installation of a solar array to power its wastewater treatment plant with renewable energy. At no upfront cost to the city, SolarCity® (Nasdaq: SCTY) installed the sprawling 2,856 panel system. The city will pay for the solar electricity the system generates at a rate that is lower than its current utility rate, and is expected to save more than $80,000 on utility bills in the first year alone – amounting to more than one million dollars in savings over the next two decades.
“The City of McFarland continually strives to reduce operating expenses, so that we can pass those savings on to our citizens,” said McFarland Mayor Manuel Cantu, Jr. “The wastewater treatment facility is a vital part of our community, and it’s not going anywhere, so going solar means long-term savings. It’s also the right thing to do for the environment, and particularly important now to produce clean water as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible in the face of our state’s ongoing drought.”
SolarCity will insure, operate, maintain and monitor the ground-mounted solar system for McFarland. The city recently completed a series of energy efficiency upgrades in anticipation of going solar, and reduced its monthly sewage fee by $6 per customer. SolarCity provides solar electricity to a range of water districts and treatment facilities across the state, including Sacramento’s E.A. Fairbairn Water Treatment Plant and the Sacramento River Water Treatment Plant, as well as a large solar array near Los Angeles for the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District.
McFarland’s new 842 kilowatt array will prevent the emission of more than 26 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually over its lifetime, which is equivalent to taking roughly 2,260 cars off the road or planting more than one million trees. It will save more than 122 million gallons of water because electricity generated from solar power, unlike coal, nuclear or natural gas, requires no water.*
“McFarland, which has been called the ‘heartbeat of agriculture,’ benefits from three hundred days of sunlight per year, which makes it ideal for solar power,” said Dennis Cox, SolarCity’s regional vice president in the Central Valley. “The city’s fiscal and environmental leadership is a shining example for the entire San Joaquin Valley and beyond.”
Homeowners and businesses interested in any of SolarCity’s services can contact the company directly at 1-888-SOL-CITY (1-888-765-2489) or visit SolarCity online at www.solarcity.com/residential/free-solar-quote.
*Environmental benefit statistics based on 20 year contract lifetime and data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Environmental Protection Agency.
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Zan Dubin Scott
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