Solar energy plan takes off in San Jose, California

Solar energy plan takes off in San Jose, California

July 4, 2012 0 By Julie Campbell

Solar Power

SolarCity teams with San Jose to initiate ambitious energy plan

SolarCity, a leading provider of solar energy services, is teaming with the city of San Jose, California, to embark on an ambitious solar energy project. Together, the duo will work to install nearly 2.5 megawatts worth of solar energy systems in San Jose. The initiative will ultimately account for a total of 30 solar energy projects, 14 of which will find a home in the city. The solar energy projects are linked to San Jose’s 2007 Green Vision initiative, which aims to draw 100% of the city’s electricity through renewable resources.

Solar energy gains momentum in California

Solar energy has become a popular option in California. The state has long been a leader in terms of alternative energy, but is beginning to fall behind others in terms of solar energy installations. California boasts of a high level of solar potential, but politics and financial concerns have made it difficult for solar energy projects to make rapid progress in the state. SolarCity is among the organizations that have seen a great deal of success in its stride to promote the use of solar energy and make it available to a wider audience.

First of 14 planned solar energy projects activated

The first of the 14 solar energy projects that are to take root in San Jose has just been activated. SolarCity installed the system and will be responsible for its maintenance, free of charge. The electricity generated by the system will be sold to San Jose. This electricity is expected to cost less than that provided by Pacific Gas & Electric. The solar energy project is expected to save the city $27,000 in its first year of operation and up to $1.2 million over the next two decades.

Mayor touts the potential benefits of solar energy systems from SolarCity

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed notes that the solar energy installations will go a long way in helping improve the environment. The Mayor also believes that the energy systems installed by SolarCity will help boost the economy and help save the city money.

 

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