Sixteen municipal facilities fitted with photovoltaics will help the City reach its goal to pursue energy independence, and become a model city in energy conservation with the use of renewable energy.
All newly constructed facilities and major renovation projects regardless of square footage are encouraged to incorporate self-generation using renewable technologies to reduce environmental impacts associated with fossil fuel energy use. Newly constructed City facilities shall generate a minimum of 10%, with a goal of 20% from renewable technologies including photovoltaic, wind and fuel cells. See the 2003 Sustainable Building Policy 900-14 for more information.
Solar technology, which converts sunlight into electricity, is environmentally friendly because it requires no fuel and produces no emissions. Photovoltaics have the potential to play a major role in climate change mitigation and pollution reduction.
City taxpayers will save about $1 million each year in energy costs with the City's two large solar systems; one at Otay and the other at the Alvarado water treatment plant.
4770 Fairport Way, San Diego, CA 92130
6041 Edgewood Bend Court, San Diego, CA 92130
8810 Judicial Drive, San Diego, CA 92122
12592 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley, San Diego, CA 92130
5530 Kiowa Drive, La Mesa, CA 92120
4616 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117
2802 54th St, San Diego, CA 92105
12330 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92129
570 S. 65th St., San Diego, CA, 92114
179 W. San Ysidro Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92173
1401 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
9191 Kearny Villa Court, San Diego, CA 92123
9601 Ridgehaven Court, San Diego, CA 92123
8353 Miramar Place, San Diego, CA 92121
Grid-connected photovoltaic systems are the most common type as they make use of the existing electricity grid. The electricity produced during the daytime is either used, or sent back into the electricity grid and used by others, an arrangement called 'net metering.' At night, or on dark days when the panels do not produce sufficient power, electricity is bought in from the electrical grid.
Graphic courtesy San Diego Regional Energy Office
The Otay and Alvarado water treatment plant's solar systems were built with power purchase agreements with SunEdison. Under the agreements, the company installed the arrays at no cost to the City. SunEdison owns and maintains the systems and will sell non polluting, solar-generated electricity to the City's Public Utilities section.