In October of 2010, MCWD began construction of a state of the art 1 MW Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant. The system officially went online in October of 2011, and is capable of producing up to 1.84 million kWh of clean, renewable solar power per year. The solar photovoltaic system was designed to provide around 77% of the electricity required to run the MCWD Wastewater Treatment Plant and the recycled water delivery pumps, or 30% of our annual electric use. Now that the photovoltaic system is operational, the District is receiving rebates from the California Solar Initiative and seeing significant reductions in the wastewater treatment plant electric bills. Financial forecasts have determined the solar project’s savings on electrical costs and rebates will recover the construction costs in the eleventh year of operation. In the next 25 years, the solar photovoltaic system will save the District $4.6 million in power costs and generate 46 million kWh of clean solar power.
Monthly Production - September 2013
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