City Continues As Environmental Leader
04/06/2007

On Tuesday, April 10, 2007, the Fresno City Council will consider a large solar power generating project planned for Fresno Yosemite International Airport. The solar project will cover approximately 25 acres and is just one of the City’s latest initiatives as an environmental leader to improve sustainability and energy efficiency. The Airport solar project will be the single largest solar installation at any airport in the country.

Mayor Autry stated, “This project further establishes Fresno as a national leader amongst municipal governments in the innovative use of renewal energy and protecting the environment.”

The Airport solicited proposals from the solar energy industry and subsequently completed negotiations with World Water & Power Corporation to install, operate, and maintain a 2 megawatt solar power generating system. This project will provide up to 40% of the Airports annual power consumption through the use of 100% renewable energy sources. The Airport will save approximately $12.8 million in energy cost over a 25 year period. World Water & Power expects to complete the solar project in the spring of 2008.

The Airport will be able to take advantage of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) renewable energy incentive programs, which are administered by PG& E. These programs, known as SGIP for 2006 and CSI for 2007 offer financial incentives to customers who install generation facilities that contribute to their energy needs.

“This is truly an exciting opportunity for the City’s environmental efforts,” stated Council President Henry T. Perea. “I am extremely supportive of solar energy, and have eagerly anticipated moving forward with this project.”

Mayor Autry and Council President Perea will be rolling out “Fresno Green: The City of Fresno’s Strategy for Achieving Sustainability in recognition of this year’s Earth Day. This plan will include the Airport’s solar project as well as over 20 strategies for positioning Fresno as a good steward of the earth’s natural resources and a leader in sustainable policies.

CONTACT: Rhonda Jorn, Public Affairs Manager (559) 621-7777

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