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City to host groundbreaking for solar canopy construction

Post Date:10/20/2010

The City of Santa Clarita invites the community to join the Santa Clarita City Council as the City continues to "Go Green" at the groundbreaking event for the construction of new Solar Canopies and Carports at its state-of-the-art "LEED Gold Certified" Transit Maintenance Facility on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.

These new additions, when combined with the Transit Maintenance Facility¡¯s existing solar paneled canopy, will generate 97% of all electricity needed to power the facility. As a result, the City will save approximately $135,000 a year in electricity bills. The new solar panels will be placed on top of three canopies that will generate electricity while also providing shade for the City¡¯s transit fleet. Additional panels will be placed on top of the bus wash building. Construction is set to begin on November 1 and be complete in July 2011.

¡°The City¡¯s award-winning Transit Maintenance Facility was designed to be environmentally sensitive, using state-of-the-art energy efficiency and sustainable building methods,¡± said Mayor Laurene Weste. ¡°These new solar panels are one more way in which we are able to be green.¡±

The project is a result of a $4.62 million award the City of Santa Clarita received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act¡¯s Transit Investment in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction Program. Santa Clarita was selected as one of 43 agencies to be awarded funds through this grant program.

The City also applied for a reimbursement from Southern California Edison's California Solar Incentive Program. Southern California Edison approved the City¡¯s application for a total of $260,000 for reimbursement over five years for the project

The City of Santa Clarita Transit Maintenance Facility is located at 28250 Constellation Road. For more information or to RSVP for the groundbreaking event, please call the City at 661.255.4939.

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