The unveiling happens on Wednesday, though the solar system has been up and running for three weeks while they work out the kinks. And there aren't many. The vast array of solar cells is already generating more than the ninety percent of the utilities electricity needs
The water district's Sean Durkin says financially the project was an easy choice, especially with PGE off setting two million of the five and a half million dollar cost through a California solar initiative rebate. And then there are the environmental benefits.
DURKIN: "From the environmental t side that is 1.58 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions that is the equivalent of planting 166 acres of trees or removing 141 cars from the road."
Durkin says that the savings from lower electricity costs will help the utility keep water bills down for their customers.