FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER AND ANAHEIM PUBLIC UTILITIES PARTNER TO BRING ONE OF THE LARGEST ROOFTOP SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATIONS IN NORTH AMERICA
ANAHEIM, CA – (August 19, 2013) Southern California’s sunny skies provide more than great weather and enjoyable outdoor living here in Anaheim. Beginning mid 2014, Anaheim residents and guests will receive the benefits of a solar power project thanks to a partnership between the Anaheim Convention Center and Anaheim Public Utilities, as approved by the Anaheim City Council.
This solar project will be the largest on the roof of a convention center in North America and will be in the top five largest roof mounted systems in North America. Approximately 8,700 solar panels covering 300,000 square feet will be installed on the Anaheim Convention Center rooftop over Exhibit Halls A, B and C. Construction is anticipated to begin in January 2014 with completion expected during the summer.
Anaheim Public Utilities will lease the space and produce power equivalent of 16% of the Convention Center’s annual electric needs, or enough for approximately 550 homes. This solar panel project will add to Anaheim Public Utilities’ environmental sustainability portfolio, and will also serve to keep Anaheim’s electric rates the lowest in Orange County. The project will produce energy at almost half the cost of other renewable energy sources. Where other electric providers may purchase renewable energy, Anaheim residents can be assured their Utility is committed to cost-effective measures to benefit all.
“This is another exciting opportunity to add to reliable and clean energy for Anaheim Public Utility’s customers, and is in response to the State’s mandate that utility companies add renewable energy resources to their portfolio. Instead of purchasing power elsewhere and paying top rates, producing our own power will help us to keep customer rates down for years to come,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.
“We are pleased that the Anaheim Convention Center is partnering with Anaheim Public Utilities to supply affordable and reliable energy source for our residents, businesses and guests. The LEED certified Anaheim Convention Center maintains a commitment to sustainability through our recycling program, on-site composting facility, rooftop herb garden, and more, and we are pleased to add the largest convention center rooftop solar panel project in North America to our campus,” said Tom Morton, Executive Director, Anaheim Convention, Sports and Entertainment.
Anaheim Public Works will oversee this $5.7 million dollar construction project awarded to Borrego Solar, Inc. at this past Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 346,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visitwww.anaheim.net.