Harvesting clean, reliable energy
Securing reliable, cost effective energy sources is a priority of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. In response to the energy crisis and rolling blackouts in the summer of 2001, the district completed construction of a solar energy project that is providing 20 percent of the campus' energy needs.
The solar array will help cut California's atmospheric pollution by reducing carbon dioxide levels by an estimated 412,699 pounds per year, the equivilent of carbon dioxide produced yearly by 53 cars. In addition, the solar power generated will save taxpayers about $70,000 per year in energy costs and reduce the district's dependence on public utilities.
Solar panels were installed on two carports in the headquarters parking lot, and also on the roof of the Water District's Administration building.