Sonoma County’s latest clean energy project uses solar technology developed right here in Petaluma.
The Los Guilicos county campus in Santa Rosa, which houses the Juvenile Justice Center, Valley of the Moon Children’s Home and the Sierra Youth Center, will now generate its own energy, thanks to a new sun-tracking photovoltaic system created by Petaluma-based SPG Solar.
SPG Solar is a leading provider of commercial solar power products and services. The company will own and operate the system, selling the energy generated to the county, resulting in an estimated $1.4 million in savings.
The 3-acre system will also reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 324 metric tons.
“This event is a true milestone,” said Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt in a prepared statement. “We are committed to making our facilities living models of the clean energy future.”
Coupled with the 750-kilowatt system installed in last March, it will make Los Guilicos the first municipal Zero Net Electricity (ZNE) campus in California.
The solar project was officially dedicated Friday in Santa Rosa.
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