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Police Dept’s Solar System Will Reduce Energy Costs 40%

The Rocklin, California Police Department has a new 143kW AC dual solar energy system and carport structure at its new facility. The system has the potential to offset approximately 3,803 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the next 25 years. The Police Department will earn credits at the utility’s retail electric rates, reducing about 40 percent of their annual electricity costs.

“When we considered covered parking structures, the photovoltaic system was a clear stand out and an easy choice,” stated Mark Siemens, Chief of Police for Rocklin Police. “Ultimately, the power savings generated by the PV system will pay for the parking shade structures and produce over $1 million in avoided power cost during its lifespan.”

SPG Solar designed and installed the system. Schott Solar supplied the PV panels. The system is comprised of 4 carports, uses a total of 536 Schott ASE-300 solar PV panels and one SatCon 225 PV inverter and spans over the Police Department’s fleet and employee parking lot.

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