Regional San is constructing a solar energy project on land at the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (SRWTP) in Elk Grove. This project increases and diversifies our green energy portfolio, provides a clean and sustainable energy source, and brings financial benefits by reducing energy costs. It also meets environmental requirements for greenhouse gas mitigation as part of the the EchoWater Project, the massive ongoing upgrade of the treatment plant.
In 2014, Regional San’s Board of Directors certified the EchoWater Project Final Environmental Impact Report, which included a mitigation measure to reduce project-generated greenhouse gas emissions. Subsequently, Regional San chose to install solar panels at the Plant to reduce the EchoWater Project’s overall consumption of non-renewable energy.
The project team completed the required environmental evaluations and analysis, which determined the project would not result in any new or significant environmental impacts beyond those described in the certified EchoWater EIR.
Regional San has contracted with SolarCity to design and install the facility. SolarCity will also maintain the facility for 25 years. The estimated savings to Regional San over the 25-year period is $10.4 million.
Diversifies Regional San’s alternative energy portfolio and demonstrates a commitment to renewable energy resources
Provides a substantial financial benefit to Regional San that can be applied to Bufferlands restoration, sustainability, and/or outreach efforts
Mitigates greenhouse gas emissions impacts related to EchoWater Project construction and future operational emissions
Powered by 4.2 megawatt, 21-acre single axis tracking solar array with over 13,000 panels
Provides approximately 8% of current energy use at SRWTP (enough to power 750 homes)
Solar panels occupy open space already designated for future Plant process area
For More Information . . .
For more information about this project, please contact Steve Nebozuk, Senior Civil Engineer, at (916) 876-6118, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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