State, city and public utility officials came together yesterday to inaugurate the 12,600 panel solar array, which has been described as one of the biggest systems of its kind in both the state of California and the Sacramento region.
The project was assisted by development partners East West Bank; Chint Astroenergy, a China-based energy equipment manufacturer; SPG Solar, which designed and installed the solar energy system; the California Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and the City of Sacramento and its Greenwise Initiative.
Overall, it is expected to generate enough power to meet approximately 40 percent of the annual electricity needs at Depot Park.
"We applaud U.S. National Leasing and Depot Park for investing in their future and the local community. This sizeable solar power system is maximizing land space that cannot be used for other applications by converting a Brownfield into a Brightfield and has created nearly 100 green jobs in the community," said Chris Robine, president and CEO of SPG Solar.
Joel Ayala, Director of the Governors Office of Economic Development added: "California solar projects not only provide an efficient and affordable source of energy, they provide jobs to high skilled Californians. The investment that Chint and Astronergy have made in California is an historic achievement and our hope is that we can develop further opportunities, both here in Sacramento and across the state."