by Kelly Pickerel. Originally published on solarpowerworldonline.com
With a new 7.5-megawatt (MW) solar energy farm located on the city’s former Tequesquite Landfill now operational, Riverside’s total solar generation has soared past the 20-MW mark – five years ahead of schedule.
“Riverside reaching the 20-megawatt milestone is especially impressive because it was not too long ago that one megawatt was an ambitious goal,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “The fact that we are reaching 20 megawatts five years ahead of schedule speaks volumes about our commitment to green energy and sustainability.”
Formed in 2005 by Bailey’s predecessor Ronald O. Loveridge, the Clean & Green Task Force, made up of local leaders and city personnel, looked for ways to improve the city’s appearance while making city practices more sustainable and improving air quality.
Among the goals the task force recommended was to install at least 20 MW of solar energy generation within the city by 2020. The new 7.5-MW Tequesquite Landfill solar farm, created in partnership with Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) and SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) helped the city reach, and surpass that 20-MW goal.
“We’ve come a long way from our first solar generation project [a carport shade system at the Utilities Operation Center constructed in 2001] to the nearly 1,700 systems that are online in Riverside today,” said the City’s Sustainability Officer Michael Bacich.
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