Solar to Offset Wastewater Energy Costs

Sonoma Valley, California [Index-Tribune] The sun is setting on the energy industry’s old ways as the Sonoma County Water Agency awakens to solar power — and plans to move forward on the installation of an $8 million solar-panel project at the wastewater treatment plant on Eighth Street East continue. The plant is officially owned by the Sonoma Valley Sanitation District but is operated by the county water agency. Its solar transformation hinges on the acceptance into a PG&E-backed program that provides rebates to its customers who use alternative sources of energy. (The five-acre parcel of the wastewater treatment plant on Eighth Street East, consisting of two sections of land separated by a stretch of wetlands, will be filled with solar panels that will generate a third of the energy used by the plant.)
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