The final solar panel has been installed at the city's South Area Corporation yard. It is part of phase one of a city plan to increase renewable energy use. When all four parts of phase one are complete, 8,000 solar panels will be on rooftops and parking structures across the city. Councilman Jay Schenirer says the plan is also about jobs.
SCHENIRER: "For us, the project actually put 250 people to work, something that we greatly, greatly need here in Sacramento. We expect that the second phase will continue that trend with an additional 125 people"
The city council is expected to approve phase two at Tuesday's council meeting. Solar City Incorporated owns and maintains the panels and sells the power to the city at a discounted rate. In exchange, Solar City gets a rebate from SMUD, which adds the project to its tally of power supplied by renewable energy.