Updated: Chevron and City of Brea begin construction on 1.8 MW solar project

It is hoped that, when completed the project will save the city more than USD$13 million and reduce city energy use by 40 percent and is expected to be completed next year.

By reducing its purchase of utility power, it is anticipated that the city will reduce carbon emissions by more than 86,000 metric tons, equivalent to removing more than 16,000 cars from the road over the life of the project. The solar power at the Reservoir City Pump Yard is also expected to help mitigate future pumping costs to the city. Additionally, Chevron says the project will provide more than 25 local opportunities for employment and over 125 indirect jobs, which will have an estimated USD$3 million impact to the local economy.

Once the installation is complete at the Community Center, Civic and Cultural Center and Reservoir City Pump Yard, Brea will then become the largest municipal producer of solar energy in Orange County, according to Chevron.

The company designed the solar systems and will build, install, operate, maintain, measure and guarantee their performance for the city. It also says it will design and will implement a citywide street lighting upgrade and interior and exterior lighting retrofits and improvements to heating, ventilating, air conditioning and energy management controls.

“The City of Brea is proud to work with Chevron Energy Solutions to save taxpayer dollars by reducing our energy use,” said Brea Mayor Ron Garcia. “This project also helps Brea attain early compliance with goals of the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) by reducing our energy use.”

A ceremony was held yesterday at the City of Brea’s Civic and Cultural Center to mark the start of construction. Government, business and community leaders (pictured) attended the event.