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Santa Barbara County moving steadily toward renewable energy goal

By District Energy posted 09-19-2023 09:35

  

Santa Maria Times

Summary

Santa Barbara County is moving steadily toward meeting its goal of operating government facilities on 100% renewable energy by 2030, but staff said in a report to the Board of Supervisors that up to $1 million annually and more personnel will be needed to attain that target.

In Santa Maria, the solar microgrid at the Betteravia Road campus is scheduled for completion in October, Kaysen said, but when it will be connected to the grid depends upon Pacific Gas and Electric Co. certifying that everything necessary is in place.

The Betteravia microgrid, designed to provide 100% of the facilities’ power needs, includes a 950 kilowatt solar array, expected to provide 1,680 megawatt-hours annually, and an 820 kilowatt-hour battery.

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