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Cities and counties across America adopting solar energy panels to save taxpayers $milllions

Municipal Governments Harness SolarWorld Solar Panels to Power Vital Public Services,  Cities and counties embrace solar energy, save millions in utility costs,  Market Watch, HILLSBORO, Ore., Jun 14, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — City and county governments across the nation are tapping solar panels from SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, to power vital public services. At hospitals, administrative buildings, waste-water treatment plants and jails, forward-looking municipalities have installed nearly 2.5 megawatts of the company’s high-performance, American-made solar panels since April, recognizing their ability to save taxpayers millions of dollars in energy costs and make substantial contributions to environmental quality.
In May, California’s Santa Barbara County dedicated a 1-MW solar array at its Camino Real campus, home of its jail, sheriff’s department, three public hospitals and several administrative offices. Endelos Energy of Buellton, Calif., designed the project and installed its 4,500 SolarWorld solar panels on a hillside overlooking state Highway 101 and the Pacific Ocean. The system is expected to offset about
one-third of the campus’ energy needs, saving an estimated $12 million
over the life of the system and reducing the county’s carbon-dioxide
emissions by millions of pounds.

“This solar installation represents a tremendous investment in Santa
Barbara County’s economic and environmental future,” said Roy Hapeman,
the county’s energy manager. “We selected solar panels from
SolarWorld, a company that has been manufacturing high-quality
products in the U.S. since 1975, to ensure an excellent return on that
investment over the next 25 years.”

Local officials in Baltimore, Md., unveiled a 1-MW ground-mounted
solar installation at the city’s Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant
in April. The solar installation is expected to save more than $6
million over the life of the project and help the city reach its goal
of generating 30 percent of its own electricity. The solar system is
part of a comprehensive energy-savings program through Johnson
Controls, a global leader in delivering solutions that increase
efficiency in buildings. The program includes enhancements to multiple
Baltimore municipal facilities, such as courthouses, fire stations and
office buildings.

In the city of Galena, Ill., a 368-kilowatt solar installation
featuring SolarWorld solar panels is under construction at the
municipal waste-water treatment plant. The photovoltaic system,
designed and installed by SolarWorld Authorized Installer Eagle Point
Solar of Dubuque, Iowa, will go live by early August. It is expected
to offset half of the facility’s energy needs and save the city almost
$500,000 over the next 25 years. The system is Eagle Point Solar’s
second municipal installation in the last 12 months, following on the
heels of an array comprised of 203 kilowatts worth of SolarWorld solar
panels on the roof of the City Operations Center in Dubuque, Iowa, in
late 2011.

“The prevalence of these municipal solar arrays in communities from
coast to coast signals the arrival of solar technology as a vital
power source for mainstream civic life,” said Kevin Kilkelly,
president of SolarWorld Americas. “Progressive city and county
governments are embracing solar energy for its ability to produce not
only measurable reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions but to guard
against rising energy costs, saving millions of taxpayer

June 15, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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