Cathedral City, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Honeywell and Cathedral City announced the completion of a solar canopy using more than 1,600 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels that generates power while providing 170 covered parking spaces on the top floor of the Civic Center parking garage in Cathedral City, California.The canopy will help the city lower operating costs, improve air quality and protect against rising energy costs. It marks the city’s drive toward using clean, renewable energy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 514 tons each year — the equivalent of removing more than 103 automobiles from the road. “Solar energy allows us to leverage the most abundant natural resource in Southern California and safeguards us against energy rate increases,” said Paul Marchand, Cathedral City council member. “As a result, we’re able to do more with the investment of our taxpayers, and make the city a better place to live and work.” The solar canopy is part of a $2.7 million energy savings performance contract between Cathedral City and Honeywell that is expected to reduce the city’s annual operating costs by 33 percent. In addition, the use of solar energy made the city eligible for the $1 million renewable energy rebate from the State of California. Administered through Southern California Edison, the rebate reduced the net cost of the project. The energy savings that result from the citywide upgrades and improvements will pay for the $1.7 million balance over the term of the ten-year contract. The city’s financial risk is limited because Honeywell guarantees the results.