City Of Fresno’s Solar Project Honored With National Recognition Award

FRESNO , CA ( October 31, 2005) – The City of Fresno was pleased to receive the 2005 Green Power Leadership Award from the US Department of Energy (DOE) in Austin, Texas on Monday, October 24, 2005. The “On Site Green Power Leadership Award” recognized Fresno as a renewable energy leader nationally for its successful 668 kilowatt photovoltaic solar project at the 14 acre campus of City buildings located at the Municipal Service Center (MSC). Last year’s winner was San Francisco’s Moscone Center which is primarily powered by solar energy. Fresno’s project was selected from an impressive field of nominations from across the nation.

“This national award recognizes Fresno’s leadership and commitment to renewable energy and the protection of our environment,” noted Mayor Alan Autry.

Solar is a clean energy alternative to fossil fuel energy which is pollution-free, reliable and endlessly available. Flat roof photo-voltaic (PV) solar panels were installed on the canopies and bus ports at the MSC and are producing solar power as expected. The total cost of the MSC solar project was $4,125,000.

The City’s investment in the project was cut in half through an incentive rebate from PG&E of $2,062,500. Coupled with this project to enhance the energy savings is $600,000 of energy efficiency retrofits at City Hall & the MSC. The City’s total project investment of $2,662,500 (after the PG&E rebate) is being low interest financed through the California Energy Commission over 15 years. Energy cost reductions from this project will pay off the loan & provide added savings beginning in the 1 st year.

Over 25 years the savings generated will total more than $4 million. The project lowers the City’s electricity purchases, serves as a hedge against future electricity price spikes and reduces pressure on California’s electrical grid.

Andrew T. Souza , City Manager
Contact: Patti Miller, Public Affairs Officer: (559) 621-7777

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