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The Port of West Sacramento unveils its new solar facility

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, March 12, 2010
By Megan Hansen

The Port of West Sacramento is hoping for some sunshine this afternoon to energize the unveiling of its new $6 million solar facility. Over 3,500 photovoltaic panels now line the roofs of two Port warehouses. 
What’s more, Port Manager Mike Luken says there were no installation costs. He says it’s all part of an agreement with Pacific Power Management, the company that built the array. 
Luken: “They essentially lease the rooftops of the port from us, and then we buy our electric power, instead of from PG&E, we purchase our electric power from Pacific Power Management who’s generating the power with their solar system that they installed.”
The Port is expected to save $20,000 a year in energy costs from the installation. Pacific Power Management says the solar array will prevent 1.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere annually – which is equal to planting over 1,600 trees.
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