San Joaquin County to Save $6.2 Million with Solar Carports

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A $2.6 million project for solar carports at San Joaquin County’s corporation yard in south Stockton is unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors. The solar project’s energy savings will cover the cost of the project in 11 years, and total savings over the project’s 30-year lifespan are expected to be about $6.2 million.

A $2.6 million project for solar carports at San Joaquin County’s corporation yard in south Stockton was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, according to an article on Recordnet written by Zachary Johnson. The solar project’s energy saving will cover the cost of the project in 11 years, and total savings over the project’s 30-year lifespan are expected to be approximately $6.2 million, according to the county Public Works Department. Public Works Director Tom Gau said that cloudy days, and other times when the county would not be able to use energy from the solar panels, were factored into the savings estimates. 

“The board authorized the department to evaluate putting solar carports at the corporation yard on Hazelton Avenue earlier this year when the county passed its budget. With approval of Tuesday’s resolution, the county will work with the California Energy Commission to go out to bid and present a recommended contractor to the board at a later meeting,” Johnson wrote.

Inspiration for the solar carports project project arose when officials researching water issues toured through Southern California. They noticed how many parking lots and corporation yards had solar arrays. 

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