Greentech Lead U.S: City of Hanford and Chevron
Energy Solutions have completed a solar program expected to reduce energy costs
at the city’s wastewater treatment plant and save more than $7
million over the program’s life.
The installation uses a one-megawatt ground-mounted
single-axis solar tracking system, which automatically positions solar panels
towards the sun.
“The City of Hanford’s future is brighter
because of this project and the vision of sustainability it helps
fulfill,” said Sue Sorensen, mayor of the City of Hanford.
“We are grateful to Chevron Energy Solutions for their dedication and for
bringing in the necessary partners, such as Bank of America and Southern
California Edison, to help provide energy-efficient equipment, project
financing and incentives.”
The program is expected to cut the City of Hanford’s
electrical utility purchases by nearly 50 percent at the wastewater treatment
plant and offset annual carbon emissions by nearly 1,000 metric tons, an amount
equal to removing about 200 cars from the road each year. Chevron Energy
Solutions designed, engineered and installed the solar system, and will perform
operation and maintenance services for the City.
Jim Davis, president of Chevron Energy Solutions, said,
“Today’s ceremony marks the beginning of a new chapter for environmentally
sustainable operations in the city — one we believe will allow the community
to experience the benefits of clean power in a way that uses its financial
resources responsibly and sustainably.”