Alameda Library Installs a Solar System
Alameda city council members, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) employees and the library’s board members recently unveiled a 66 kilowatt solar system. The roof-top solar panel installation will also be accompanied by a new educational energy kiosk. Library patrons will enjoy learning about the solar electricitythat is powering the building!
Solar System Overview
According to Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) the 66-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system will generate more than 90,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity every year, enough to power roughly 20 typical Alameda households, or up to one quarter of the library’s annual energy use. AMP provided the project with a solar rebate of $149,698; while an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 grant allotted $414,000 for the project.
Education and PR are Benefits of Solar Energy
“One of the many benefits of public power is the recognition that arming our customers and residents with more information about how the utility works and how they can use those systems to enrich their lives is fundamentally good,” stated Public Utilities Board President Greg Hamm in an AMP press release. “This kiosk is a prime example of that philosophy,” added Hamm, “and we hope that Alamedans, young and old, will use it to learn more about solar photovoltaic systems, and AMP programs to help them be energy efficient. This is another example how the city and AMP are leveraging stimulus and grant funds to provide value to the community.”
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