Thursday, September 29, 2011

City awards bid in solar panel project

Shorebreak Energy Developers, an Orange County-based solar design and
construction company, was awarded the bid to install 96 photovoltaic solar panels
at the City Yard. This marks the first time a city facility will be fitted with solar
panels, according to Chris Veirs, senior planner and sustainability coordinator with
the city of Claremont.

The new solar installations are being made possible through a $92,600 grant
received by the city last April. The panels will save the city about $4,000 a year
over the next 25 years, according to Mr. Veirs.

“Every incremental savings and investment in this kind of technology will pay
benefits in the future,” said Council Member Joe Lyons. “It will afford us the
opportunity to acquire other funds, working toward a day where we can anticipate
our city facilities coming ‘off the grid.’”

Installation of the panels may start as early as next month, according to Mr. Veirs.

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