The City of Rancho Cucamonga is boosting its commitment to renewable energy by installing solar power at five City facilities: Central Park, Epicenter Stadium and Sports Complex, Animal Center, Banyan Fire Station, and Day Creek Fire Station.
The SolarRC Expansion Project consists of 1.8 megawatts of solar power and will prevent more than 33,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the air-which is equivalent to taking 7,100 cars off the road. The City is expected to save $7 million over the life of the project. SolarCity, selected through a competitive bidding process, began installation mid-February and the project is slated for completion this summer.
The Epicenter and Animal Center solar power systems covers the entirety of Epicenter parking lots B and C. At Central Park the installation will provide shaded parking for both the James L. Brulte Senior Center and the Goldy S. Lewis Community Center parking lots. Banyan Fire Station has elevated solar carport structures that accommodate fire apparatus. Day Creek Fire Station will include both carport and ground-mount solar panels.
Over the last several years, the City has made significant strides toward becoming a solar-friendly community. City Hall, City Corporate Yard, and the Paul A. Biane Library were each outfitted with solar power systems that partially offset energy use. In an effort to make it easier for Rancho Cucamonga homes and businesses to go solar, the City streamlined its permitting process and reduced permitting fees through the Solar RC initiative. The installation of these latest solar power projects adds to the sustainability efforts of the Healthy RC initiative and positions the City to continue leading by example and demonstrating that renewable energy is an attractive choice.
To learn more about the SolarRC Expansion Project and the City of Rancho Cucamonga's sustainability efforts, please contact Deborah Allen, Management Aide-Sustainability, at (909) 477-2700, ext. 2047, or by email at Deborah.Allen@CityofRC.us. You can also visit www.HealthyRC.info.
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