Solar Power At Former Norton Air Force Base
San Bernardino CA (SPX) Feb 23, 2011
The Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA), a joint powers authority redeveloping the non-aviation portion of the former Norton Air Force Base, SCRIP, Inc. a non-profit community development corporation, and SPG Solar have partnered to bring solar power to the San Bernardino (SBD) Corporate Center.
The 448-kilowatt commercial solar system will offset up to 55 percent of the facility's electricity bill and create green jobs and sustainable development in the region.
"Solar-generated electricity is an important part of our economic development plan. Both the economics and the environmental benefits make sense," said Michael Burrows, Assistant Director of IVDA.
"We are committed to green energy initiatives throughout the region."
The installation, including American-made solar panels, adds nearly 20 clean-tech jobs to the community, provides an annual savings of $90,000 and offsets the emission of 7,825 tons of pollutants over 25 years.
"The IVDA installation is a great example of how solar is creating jobs at the county and municipal levels, while cutting future operating expenses and supporting initiatives for reduced carbon emissions," notes SPG Solar President and CEO Chris Robine.
The new solar system has been constructed on the former Defense Finance and Accounting Service facility, which was acquired and rehabilitated by the IVDA. The building, now identified as the SBD Corporate Center, is home to a number of County Offices.
The Sustainable Communities Reinvestment Partnership, SCRIP Inc, acted as the developer responsible for the overall coordination and management of the project. SCRIP Inc., formed in 2008, was created to advance the development of energy efficient projects, sustainable development techniques and a healthier living environment in the San Bernardino valley.
"This project brings us another step closer to achieving the Partnership's goals," said Emil Marzullo, Interim Direction of the City's Economic Development Agency.
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