Mill Valley Considers New Solar Energy Project – Marin Independent Journal

The proposal comes three years after the city installed a solar energy array behind the public safety building that supplies enough energy to run the fire and police department offices. It returns between $3,000 and $6,000 a year in revenue from excess energy sold to Marin Clean Energy. City Manager Jim McCann said the solar project addresses the city’s interest in sustainability, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and cuts electricity costs. It would be done through Sustainable Energy and Economic Development, a public-private partnership between the San Rafael-based nonprofit Strategic Energy Innovations and Optony, a Silicon Valley solar consulting firm that specializes in setting up municipal solar programs and projects. The council will take up the solar proposal at its meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 4.
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Clean energy projects point the way to renewable energy economy for WNY – Opinion – The Buffalo News

Preliminary work is under way at the RiverBend site that will pave the way for an enormous solar panel factory. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News file photo)

Most of the renewable energy projects in Western New York, with the exception of some wind farms, have not been of the scale that makes a truly significant contribution to the energy system. An exception was the University at Buffalos Solar Strand installation at the North Campus. There, 3,200 solar panels generate about 0.75 megawatts of power. Steel Sun in Lackawanna will generate 4 megawatts. That is still less than enough to power 1,000 homes, but it suggests possibilities for the future.
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