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City to save big on solar panels at transit maintenance center

Posted: October 27, 2010 8:25 p.m.
Updated: October 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

The city of Santa Clarita is hosting a solar-energy groundbreaking event 10 a.m. today at the Transit Maintenance Facility located at 28250 Constellation Road in Santa Clarita

The city is constructing new carports and installing solar canopies at the transit facility on Constellation Road. The maintenance facility is 40-percent more energy-efficient than required by California’s Energy Code, reducing operating costs and conserving natural resources.

The new solar panels will provide shade for the transit fleet and generate 97 percent of all electricity needed to power the transit facility, saving the city close to $135,000 a year in electricity bills.

 The project is part of the city’s Go Green initiative. The transit area is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) gold certified. The LEED designation certifies that a structure is designed and built to improve performance — energy in this case — and positively impact the environment.

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