On September 12, 2012 the City of Concord and Chevron Energy Solutions joined with dignitaries and residents from throughout the region to celebrate completion of a transformative solar and energy efficiency program expected to save taxpayers $18 million. The celebration included a ceremonial flipping of the switch at the centerpiece of the program: a 200 kW photovoltaic solar installation adjacent to the City's community pool, where solar panels are expected to generate enough electricity to offset 70 percent of the pool's energy demand and earn the City more than $450,000 in state and utility incentives.
In all, the City of Concord's program includes 14 projects that reduce energy and maintenance costs. Projects include upgrades to street and park lighting, retrofitting the boiler and pump at the community pool, and replacing outdated air conditioners at City facilities.
To design the program, the City worked with Chevron Energy Solutions, who also engineered and constructed the projects and has guaranteed the performance of the solar energy system.
This program is part of the City's larger focus on creating a more sustainable community, both environmentally and fiscally. The City's attention now turns to implementing its reuse plan for the Concord Naval Weapons Station, a 5,000-acre area the City envisions as a future sustainable community featuring dense, transit-oriented development and housing and large swaths of park and open space. The reuse plan, approved by the City Council earlier this year, has been credited with establishing new benchmarks for planning sustainable communities and has been promoted as a model for cities throughout the Bay Area and the state.
New energy efficient lighting in City of Concord's public parks and at facilities trim energy costs while illuminating walkways, like this one at City Hall. (PRNewsFoto/Chevron Energy Solutions)
About the City of Concord:
Located less than 30 miles east of San Francisco, the City of Concord has a population of 122,067 residents, making it the largest city in Contra Costa County. With its temperate climate, central location, and convenient access to San Francisco, Napa Valley, Silicon Valley and Sacramento, Concord allows residents to enjoy a wide variety of unique and scenic attractions within the immediate Bay Area as well as throughout Northern California. For more information: www.cityofconcord.org
Press Release dated September 12, 2012