It’s a move that will save $1 million in energy costs over the next 25 years. The scary part is that’s only 8% of the total energy consumption in the San Lorenzo Valley Water District.

Three quarters of a million dollars will be supplied by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, so long as the deal is done by December 31st.

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

Thousands of solar panels will be installed at three water treatment sites in the San Lorenzo Valley Water District next year, a project expected to save the district more than $1 million in electrical costs over 25 years.

The Board of Directors voted at its meeting last week to waive the formal bidding process and move forward with a contract with San Jose-based Renewable Power Solutions, which Jim Mueller, the district’s manager, said the district has worked with for the past six months.

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