For Immediate Release: February 28, 2013
Media Contact: Kelly M. Kell - 916-654-4989


Energy Commission Awards Nearly $1 million for Solar Project in Inyo County
County to Save More Than $76,000 Annually

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission today awarded nearly $1 million to Inyo County to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at several county-owned facilities.

The funds come from the Commission's Energy Conservation Assistant Act (ECAA) program.

"Investing in local energy generation is a simple, effective way to reduce energy costs," said Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller. "Once completed, this project will save Inyo County more than $76,000 per year in utility costs."

The project will install 426 kilowatts of ground and carport-mounted solar panels at the county courthouse annex, adult jail, juvenile hall, and health building located in Independence. The solar PV systems are estimated to produce 640,200 kilowatt hours and will save the county approximately $76,312 and reduce greenhouse gas emission by 220 tons annually.

The $992,054 low-interest loan for this project was granted at a one percent interest rate for local governments, public K-12 schools, special districts, and public and non-profit hospitals and care facilities.

As of December 2012, the Energy Commission has awarded more than 770 loans totaling nearly $280 million to local governments, public K-12 schools and hospitals, public care institutions and other agencies. For more information on the ECAA loan program, visit:

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