SolarCity, a fast-growing company that provides solar lease options to homeowners in many parts of the country, today announced it plans to install more than 8,000 solar panels for the City of Sacramento, California.
At 1.9 megawatts (MW), the solar panel installation would be thelargest such facility in the city and would produce around 2.6 millionkilowatt-hours (kWh) in the first year of operation — enough to powerroughly 235 typical American homes.
“This project is a triple win for Sacramento — it willsave taxpayers money by lowering the city’s energy costs, reducepollution by generating renewable power, and create more local jobs toinstall the panels,” said [Sacramento] Mayor Kevin Johnson. “It’s ourgoal to become a greener city and generating clean energy on ourfacilities is keeping with that commitment.”
While SolarCity has become known mainly for its work with residential solar panel installations — and, as noted above, solar home leases —it’s clear that the company is also making efforts to extend its work to the commercial and government sectors.
This story isn’t the only interesting news coming out of California’s capital. The State Assembly last week passed a bill that officially boosts California’s renewable energy target to 33percent. Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign the bill into law inthe coming days.
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