Riverside – The City of Riverside reached another solar milestone today by surpassing the 5 megawatt (MW) mark. A megawatt is enough to power around 650 homes. More than 450 residential, commercial, and city-funded solar energy systems are now producing local, clean renewable energy in the City of Riverside.
A 7.35 kilowatt system at the California Citrus State Historic Park, located in the city’s historic orange grove greenbelt and a number of smaller residential projects going online this week helped to push Riverside over its latest solar milestone mark. “At the park we are proud to share in Riverside’s past,” said Kelly Elliott, Superintendent of the California Citrus State Historic Park. “However, we are just as proud to be a part of Riverside’s future by contributing to the community’s sustainable energy goals.” Fueled by the city’s and utility’s commitments to create a more sustainable community, available tax incentives and utility rebates, and more cost-effective solar technologies, Riverside has seen about a 1 MW increase in solar generation annually since 2009. “A key component in our plan to create a clean and green city was to increase our use of renewable energy resources and to make those technologies available to our residents,” said Riverside’s Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge. “The continued growth in Riverside’s solar portfolio is proof that the path we have paved is leading us to become the model solar city that we envisioned.”
Riverside Public Utilities, which provides energy services to more than 106,000 metered customers in the city, currently receives 20 percent of its total power mix from renewable energy resources.
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