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Central Coast City Throwing The Switch On New Solar Power Facility

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A Central Coast city is taking a big step towards going green: the City of Pismo Beach is flipping the switch this week on a new $4.9 million dollar solar power system at its Frady Lane wastewater treatment facility.

The energy savings are projected to be more than one thousand metric tons of carbon dioxide a year, which is the equivalent of taking about 225 vehicles off the road annually. The solar panels and a battery bank are expected to cut the city’s electric bill by about 40%.

Pismo Beach was able to pay for the project with low interest renewable energy bonds, and it’s expected that energy cost saving will cover the new system’s cost.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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