On Thursday, October 28, the City of Santa Clarita, led by Mayor Laurene Weste and Councilmember Laurie Ender, officialy broke ground for three new solar canopies to be installed at the City’s award-winning Transit Maintenance Facility. These new additions, when combined with the Transit Maintenance Facility’s existing solar canopy, will generate 97% of all electricity needed to power the entire facility. As a result, the City will save approximately $135,000 a year in electricity bills. The new solar panels will be placed on top of three canopies that will also provide shade for the City’s transit fleet. Construction is slated to begin on November 1, 2011, and will be completed in July 2011.
The project is a result of a $4.62 million award the City of Santa Clarita received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Transit Investment in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction Program. Santa Clarita was selected as one of 43 agencies to be awarded funds through this grant program.
The City also applied for a reimbursement from Southern California Edison’s California Solar Incentive Program. Southern California Edison approved the City’s application for a total of $260,000 for reimbursement over five years for the project.