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San Francisco, Home of Largest West Coast Solar Plant

San Francisco Goes Solar

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently approved a plan that will give this foggy city a world-wide leadership role in solar power. The plan is to build the largest solar photovoltaic municipal plants in the world.  This huge project would produce 5 megawatts of electricity for consumption by San Franciscians by utilizing 25,000 connected solar panels.

World's Largest Solar Power in San Fran

The new plant will be based by Recurrent Energy in the Sunset District of San Francisco. The plan calls for Recurrent Energy to assume all financial responsibility for the cost of installing and operating the plant.  San Francisco then promises to enter into a purchase agreement with Recurrent, buying the plant’s energy at a cost of 23.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, plus 3 percent per year.

Mayor Gavin Newsom stated that the project will triple San Francisco’s solar energy production and “help lead the state towards a future of clean, renewable energy.”  Recurrent is a San Francisco based employer, so this new energy infrastructure project should also produce much needed jobs in hard hit California.



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