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Santa Clara County to Celebrate New Solar Installation Project

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Generating Green Energy, Green Savings and Green Jobs

WHAT:       
County officials, regional partners and solar engineering and construction companies will celebrate the completion of the County’s 5.6 megawatt Solar Photovoltaic Project which includes the installation of photovoltaic systems at eight County sites. These systems were installed on parking lots and building rooftops, and are expected to generate an estimated 8,644 MWhs of clean power each year. The clean power generated by these systems represents 8.3 percent of the total annual power consumed by County government facilities. As a result of this project, the County will save an estimated $18.8 million in electricity costs over the next 20 years.

WHO:         
Vice President Ken Yeager, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Dave Cortese, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Mike Wasserman, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Liz Kniss, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Gary Graves, Chief Operating Officer, County of Santa Clara
Russell Hancock, President and CEO, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Mike Hall, CEO, Borrego Solar Systems, Inc.
Chuck Gossage, Executive Vice President, Stronghold Engineering, Inc.
Erik Stuebe, President, Ecoplexus, Inc.
 
WHEN: 
2:30 – 3:30 p.m., May 1, 2012
 
WHERE:  
950 San Pedro Street, San Jose, CA 95110
 
WHY:         
Over the years, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors has launched a number of initiatives aimed at protecting the environment. The installation of photovoltaic power generating systems helps to reduce greenhouse gases generated by county operations and enables the County to meet its Climate Action goals.  At the project Groundbreaking last year, Joint Venture Silicon Valley presented the County its Visionary Green Leadership Award.
 
VISUALS:   
Impressive solar photovoltaic project installation; ribbon-cutting ceremony; and photo display panels, banner.    

 

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119
Posted: April 30, 2012