Palm Springs to save $25 million by going solar

By Sammy Roth, The Desert Sun

Palm Springs expects to save nearly $25 million over the next 25 years by installing solar panels at eight sites around the city, including the convention center and the downtown parking structure.

The city has entered into final contract negotiations with two national solar companies: SolarCity and SunEdison. SunEdison will install solar panels at the convention center, the downtown parking structure, and several other civic buildings and city parks. SolarCity will tackle installations at the city’s wastewater treatment plant and the Sunrise Plaza complex. The city expects all eight systems to come online by the end of 2016.

City staff estimates Palm Springs will save nearly $33.8 million over the next 25 years on its electricity bills, while spending about $9 million to install the panels and pay off the solar firms over time. The city will pay just $3.2 million in up-front costs, with some of that money covered by grants from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.  The city could save an additional $1.2 million if money from California’s solar rebate program comes through as expected.

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