Riverside County making energy history with 1,000 jobs

PERRIS, Calif. — The switch to solar is on in Riverside County, marking one of the largest solar moves in the U.S. that will also create up to 1,000 jobs.

Through a collaborative partnership with OpTerra Energy Services, the county celebrated the ongoing implementation of 12MW of solar across eight sites, starting with providing energy to the Perris Sheriff Station.

With almost 300 days of Southern California sunshine a year, Riverside County was eager to take advantage of its prime real estate for renewable power. The 12MW solar program will generate 18.6 million kWh of clean, renewable energy annually. The implementation of solar photovoltaic arrays will power and enhance the energy portfolio of eight critical facilities tied to community services – including two sheriff stations, an animal shelter, and even the County health center.

Riverside County’s historic solar program is part of a broader effort to continue fostering a more sustainable region, focused on ongoing fiscal stewardship and community engagement across the county. The program will have far-reaching impacts across the county’s cities from San Jacinto, Jurupa Valley, Palm Desert, Temecula, Beaumont, and Perris. Residents will benefit from the county’s ownership of these new assets, with the program expected to generate approximately $200 million in taxpayer savings over the next 30 years.

The solar installations will go beyond fiscal savings and provide significant impact on county goals tied to enhancing economic development and quality of life. Some of the many community-focused benefits being captured as program implementation happens this year include:

  • More than 1,000 jobs to be created over the lifetime of the program, with 287 jobs created during construction
  • 80 percent local labor used for the project
  • 40 percent offset of the county’s total energy consumption at more than 20 County facilities within Southern California Edison territory
  • 385,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide offset over the lifetime of the project

Image courtesy of Riverside County

Source: PR Newswire

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