SANTA CRUZ, CA: March 11, 2014
For immediate release
Today Santa Cruz Mayor Lynn Robinson issued a proclamation declaring 2014 the year to Go Solar in Santa Cruz! In its Climate Action Plan adopted in 2012, the City set a milestone to increase solar PV installations to 2,000 residents and 200 businesses by 2016
. With solar PV system prices dropping and federal tax incentives available through 2016, now is the time to invest in solar PV.
The City’s Climate Action Program launched its Go Solar Santa Cruz campaign in 2014, providing guidance and resources for residents and commercial property owners to make well-informed decisions about solar PV. The newly developed Residential Solar PV resource package
is available at www.cityofsantacruz.com/climateactionplan
. The Climate Action Program is also conducting Residential Solar PV workshops
for community groups and consultations at events like Earth Day at San Lorenzo Park in April and the Sanctuary Celebration festival at the Wharf in May. The program plans to launch a Commercial Solar PV forum for June.
With solar PV at seven facilities, the City is looking at additional ways to increase its municipal solar PV capacity. In 2013, the City installed solar PV at the Police Station and City Hall parking lots. The two systems are offsetting about 90% of the electricity consumed at the two locations. Increased municipal, residential and commercial solar PV capacity in Santa Cruz means reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, a key driver of climate change, and improves the feasibility of local control of power purchases through the Monterey Bay Clean Power community choice aggregation initiative.
For more information on the Go Solar Santa Cruz program contact the City’s Climate Action Coordinator, Ross Clark at (831) 420-5113.