The City of Santa Fe hosted a Groundbreaking Friday Morning for its city-wide solar energy initiative.
Seven municipal facilities, eight water utility facilities and two Buckman direct bypass buildings will receive photovoltaic panels – a collection of solar panels – and other energy efficiency improvements, including device upgrades or replacement. lighting, re-commissioning or upgrading plumbing fixtures and replacing old transformers with high efficiency models.
The project is expected to generate 2.75 megawatts of solar power and is designed to offset 80% of electricity consumption in some city facilities and 60% of water use in water and water facilities. Buckman, according to a city press release.
“With these panels, the City will produce renewable energy at the point of use for less money than it costs to buy it off the grid,” said Public Works Manager Regina Wheeler, in a press release.
The work is part of a series of $ 15.5 million projects approved in February aimed at increasing sustainability and achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. This list of projects also includes the city’s plan to renovate its aging public lighting infrastructure with energy-efficient bulbs.
According to the press release, the project is expected to save more than $ 750,000 per year in utility costs, of which $ 500,000 comes from solar generation.