McFarland saves money on utility costs with solar panel project

MCFARLAND, Calif. - The City of McFarland with the help of SolarCity will soon have a 2,856 solar panel project.

The panels will help cut the energy use at their wastewater treatment plant.

McFarland will roughly save about $80,000 dollars per year and is expected to save over $1 million over the next 20 years when the project is fully operational.

The panel project will produce about 842 kilowatts of energy. It will save more than 122 million gallons of water.

"The City of McFarland continually strives to reduce operating expenses, so that we can pass those savings on to our citizens," said McFarland Mayor Manuel Cantu, Jr. in a statement. "The wastewater treatment facility is a vital part of our community, and it's not going anywhere, so going solar means long-term savings

SolarCity will insure, operate, maintain and monitor the ground-mounted solar system for McFarland. The city recently completed a series of energy efficiency upgrades in anticipation of going solar, and reduced its monthly sewage fee by $6 per customer. 

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