RWE Schott Solar Powers Marin County

The first solar electric power system for California’s Marin County is now producing power and leading the county in meeting its commitment to environmental stewardship. A public dedication of the RWE Schott Solar (RSS) photovoltaic (PV) array will take place in the Planning Commission Chambers at the Marin Civic Center on Wednesday March 3, 2004 at 10:30 am.

San Rafael, California – March 2, 2004 [] The ceremony will take place in the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center Board Chambers, located at 3501 Civic Center Drive in San Rafael. The event will include a short presentation on Marin County’s actions and commitment to energy savings and environmental protection and will feature guest speaker, Dr. Donald Aitken, recipient of the “World Solar Award” and affiliate faculty member of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Attendees are invited to tour the PV installation afterwards. The PV system, capable of producing up to 89 kW – enough to power up to 30 homes – was installed on top of the County’s General Services Building. Through its offices and website, Marin County offers up a host of energy savings tips, information and guidelines for residents of Marin County and anyone interested in energy efficiency and conservation programs. The county takes an active role in the community promoting clean power and green building information. The installation of this RSS non-penetrating flat roof PV system is the latest in the county’s lead-by-example commitment to environmental-friendly projects and energy-savings programs. “The PV system installed at the county’s facility is representative of the Marin County Board of Supervisor’s environmental and financial foresight,” said Marc Roper, director of sales for RSS Solar. “By spending some money now, the county will, over the long-term, reap environmental and financial benefits well beyond the point from when the system pays for itself. The County of Marin is to be commended. In these times of tough politics and tightening budgets, its Board has continually demonstrated leadership and commitment to saving energy and reducing pollution.” The SunRoof PV system literally and figuratively caps Marin County’s energy savings program. Dedicated to reducing emissions, power usage and energy costs through a series of energy conservation activities, the county first did an analysis of its power consumption then reduced its energy use through a series of projects to improve its building’s insulation, lighting and ventilation systems. Next, it wanted to generate its own power. After completing a competitive selection process, the county brought in RSS and Prevalent Power, which together, engineered and designed a PV system that would zero-out one of the county building’s electricity bills. “Through a series of financial incentive programs and low cost loans for these types of systems, we were able to create a financial package with loan payments equaling slightly less that our monthly savings on electrical bills,” said Rick Carlsen, assistant director of Public Works for the County of Marin. “So over the course of a year, the system will actually average out on a monthly basis to produce more than it costs. Then, in a few years after the system pays itself off, the money that was earmarked for loan payments can be applied to other public uses.”
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