Thursday, June 16, 2011

The City of Lancaster and SolarCity Announce the Completion of a 340 Kilowatt Solar System at Clear Channel Stadium
The City of Lancaster and SolarCity® announced on April 5, 2011 the completion of a 340 kilowatt carport-mounted system at Clear Channel Stadium, home of the Lancaster JetHawks. Clear Channel Stadium is the first minor league baseball stadium in California to go solar.

“This new solar array will save the City tens of thousands of dollars each year, which is a significant amount in our current economic climate,” stated Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Even more significant is the fact that, with this new system, we are continuing to work toward making Lancaster the solar energy capital of the world.”

The solar system is expected to offset 98 percent of the stadium’s energy use, while saving the City and its owners up to $48,000 in the first year of operation. The carport-mounted design provides Jethawks fans with shaded parking during the season when temperatures can soar into the triple digits. The system is also expected to offset more than two thousand pounds of particulates, the leading cause of asthma, over the 15 year life of the lease.
The stadium is the first of six City solar projects to be completed. The projects, totaling 2.5 megawatts, are expected to save the City of Lancaster more than $7 million over the next 15 years.
The stadium’s energy output levels may be viewed at SolarCity’s SolarGuard web page. The page updates every 15 minutes, reporting daily, monthly and yearly data. It may be viewed at the link below:

SolarCity®, a national [firm specializing] solar power design, financing, installation, monitoring and energy efficiency services—was founded with the mission to help millions of homeowners and businesses adopt clean power, protect themselves from rising gas and electricity costs and protect their environment from polluting power sources. The company’s SolarLease® and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) options can make it possible for homeowners and businesses to switch to clean, solar power for less money than they currently pay for electricity.
Press Release dated April 5, 2011

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