Solar Comes to Waterford, California


Waterford, California, has developed a new program to reduce the city’s energy usage, with solar power as one of the main components. The program is expected to save taxpayers a total of $2.3 million over the course of its 25-year lifespan.

“With this single, comprehensive program, we have moved the City of Waterford forward in a number of ways and accompanied many long held goals that will benefit our taxpayers and our local economy. Not only have we established the broader business community that Waterford is a city that supports economic development through innovation and creative public-private partnerships, but we have also demonstrated our commitment to our local taxpayers that we are working hard to protect their hard earned dollars,” said Mayor Charlie Goeken.

To make Waterford more energy efficient, the city modernized its wastewater treatment facility, retrofitted 381 streetlights to energy-efficient LED lighting, and installed solar systems at civic and community centers. This will save the residents of Waterford millions in taxes, while also lessening utility costs. The program was designed, managed, and delivered with the help of OpTerra Energy Services, an independent and privately held energy efficiency and renewable energy company.

“As a leader in solar and energy efficiency projects for municipalities and local governments across the United States, we are proud to have partnered with the City of Waterford on this important endeavor. We congratulate the City for its leadership in developing an energy sustainability model for other Central Valley cities interested in creative solutions to lowering energy consumption while saving their local taxpayers millions of dollars int eh process. This program is really an example of how partnerships and innovation can deliver a brighter future to all Californians,” said OpTerra CEO John Mahoney.

OpTerra has also encouraged younger residents of Waterford to pursue careers in energy innovation by demonstrating solar and LED lighting technologies at Waterford’s heritage fair.

“Opterra’s experience and creativity, partnered with our desire to create positive, visual, economic and environmental impacts that benefit all members of our community, from our youth and their families to our business owners that help drive our local economy,” said Waterford City Manager Tim Ogden. “With their help, the city of Waterford and its hard working staff have been able to create lasting change and financial savings that will benefit our community for generations to come.”