WHAT: The County of Santa Clara is launching the Santa Clara County Generating Green effort with a groundbreaking ceremony for the Civic Center Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project, one of four solar energy projects that comprise this phase of the initiative. This project involves the installment of a 1 megawatt Solar PV system on the roof of the Sheriff’s Office and in the adjacent parking lot at 55 West Younger Avenue, San Jose, CA, as well as, in the main County employee parking lot across the street that serves the County Government Center at 70 West Hedding Street. Project completion is scheduled for mid-November 2011. WHO: Supervisor Dave Cortese, President, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Supervisor Ken Yeager, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Supervisor Liz Kniss, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Supervisor Mike Wasserman, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Jeffrey V. Smith, County Executive, County of Santa Clara Jeff Draper, Director, County of Santa Clara Fleet and Facilities Department Russell Hancock, President and Chief Executive Officer, Joint Venture Silicon Valley Chuck Gossage, Executive Vice President, Stronghold Engineering, Inc. WHEN: Friday, June 17, 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Gathering at 10:00 a.m. – Music and Refreshments WHERE: Outside of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office at 55 West Younger Avenue, San José, CA (Between First Street and San Pedro Street) WHY: The County of Santa Clara continues to take steps to ensure sustainability, as well as to conserve energy and natural resources to preserve Santa Clara County for future generations. Groundbreaking of the Civic Center Solar Photovoltaic Project launches the Santa Clara County Generating Green initiative, which encompasses renewable energy projects that will bring major savings to the County of Santa Clara, and will be funded by Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds. VISUALS: Ceremonial groundbreaking with hard hats and shovels; photovoltaic solar panels.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119 Posted: June 15, 2010