196 kW Solar Energy Boost on Earth Day

April 22, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Oroville, California Mayor Gordon Andoe will dedicate five solar energy systems for the City of Oroville, totaling 196-kilowatts DC, today on Earth Day. The dedication ceremony will be at 3:00 PM in Sank Park, Oroville’s historic Gold Rush-era town square, 1067 Montgomery Street in downtown Oroville, Calif. Co-sponsors of the event are PG&E, NorCal Waste Systems recycling, and Sun Power & Geothermal Energy. An educational web site about Oroville’s solar installations, www.solarcityusa.com, will be introduced by Mayor Andoe on Earth Day. In addition to the 196 kilowatts of solar energy on city properties, Oroville is home to the 622 kW solar system at the Sewerage Commission-Oroville Region, one of the nation’s largest, and a 566 kW system at a community freshwater treatment plant. A 1.2 MW system currently under construction at the Butte County Center in Oroville will go online in summer 2004, for a total of 2.6 megawatts DC of installed solar power. With a population of 13,000, Oroville will generate more solar energy per person than any other city in the nation -170,000 watts per person. Mayor Andoe proclaimed Oroville “Solar City USA” on Earth Day 2003.

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