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NEWS: Metropolitan Begins Generating Solar Power at Skinner Plant

Ten-Acre Solar Field at Southwest Riverside County Water Treatment Plant is Part of Larger Proposal Aimed at Producing 10 Megawatts of Sun-Generated Power by 2014

TEMECULA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With a literal flip of a switch, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California added to its investments in solar power today.

Metropolitan board Chairman Timothy F. Brick flipped a switch signifying activation of a 10-acre field of solar panels at the district’s Robert A. Skinner Water Treatment Plant in the Temecula Valley of southwestern Riverside County.

The 1-megawatt solar installation will generate about 2.4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean, renewable energy a year, nearly 25 percent of the power used by the plant and equal to the power used by about 250 homes annually. The produced energy will be used directly at the plant, helping to offset nearly 2 million pounds of carbon emissions a year. Last year, the plant consumed about 10.5 million kWh of electricity, at a cost of nearly $1.2 million

“As public stewards of our natural resources, Metropolitan is ever-conscious of the impact our operations have on the environment, from the delivery and treatment of water to the day-to-day operation of our facilities,” Brick said.

“Just as we have assumed a leadership role in promoting conservation and other water-wise activities such as recycling and groundwater cleanup, we are compelled to reduce our carbon footprint,” he said.

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