San Juan Water District switches to solar power and saves over $12 million

2:55 PM, Jul 20, 2011   |    comments
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GRANITE BAY, CA - The San Juan Water District introduced their new field of nearly 2,500 solar panels Wednesday, and said they'll be able to run 90 percent of their operation, including their water treatment plant, off the green energy technology.

The district, which serves 265,000 customers in Sacramento and Placer Counties, said the solar project can last 25 years or longer, and put out enough power to light up 215 homes each day.

The $5.5 million solar panel field was built in part with grant money from PG&E, through the California Solar Initiative rebate program.

San Juan Water District General Manager Shauna Lorance said the solar energy will save $12 million over 25 years for wholesale customers, which comes out to about a five percent savings per billing period.

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