Santa Barbara, California, dedicates their solar power system today, March 11, 2009 with a ceremony and educational tour from 2:00pm through 3:00pm in the David Gebhard Meeting Room, at 630 Garden Street.
Santa Barbara's City Corporate Yard solar system can produce 550,000 kWh of energy per year, effectively offsetting 421,466 lbs, or 191 metric tons, of carbon dioxide emissions. Similarly equal to removing about 35 cars from the road, saving 21,328 gallons of gasoline, or powering over 100 Santa Barbara-area homes a year (based on a single family occupancy energy use of 5,000 kWh per year). And of course, reducing the City's need for power grid use (and their subsequent power bills)!
The solar power system, spread among the Corporate Yard's roofs, was installed through a partnership of Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd and Tioga Energy in which the City of Santa Barbara. The system was installed over a three-month period in the last part of 2008.
To read more about this event, see the event press release.