The upgrade project cost $1.7 million but a grant from the California Energy Commission SB5X Incentive Fund provided $396,000. The City and County Sanitation District provided the difference. The state SB5X grant program was set up in response to the energy crisis to motivate construction of alternative generation to offset peak loads on the electric grid. The WWTF system is expected to generate 9.5 million kwH of electric power a year, enough to power around 3,000 homes.
Anticipated energy savings are over $20,000 per month! And, burning the methane gas helps prevent 41 tons of CO2 emissions from polluting our air.
For more information please contact:
Wastewater System Manager
110 California Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060