The calendar shows that summer is nearly over and autumn will begin soon, but that has not slowed the exponential growth of solar projects in Riverside which have now surpassed the 10 megawatt (MW) mark.
“This is the third solar milestone Riverside has achieved this year,” said Mayor Rusty Bailey, “so we are really moving forward on renewable energy. It’s exciting to see our city realize our vision of being a model solar city.”
Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) began offering residential photovoltaic incentives in 2003 and commercial solar incentives in 2008. Soon, RPU was seeing about a 1 MW growth in solar totals each year (one megawatt is enough power for about 650 homes).
As technology improved, costs reduced, and additional state incentives were made available, more and more solar energy generation systems sprouted onto residential and commercial rooftops throughout town.
In January, projects hit the 8 MW mark, and by spring had surpassed 9 MW. Today, there are more than 1,030 residential, commercial, and city-owned solar projects producing more than 10 MW of renewable energy throughout the city.
In addition to supporting these customer-built systems, RPU actively works to increase the use of renewable energy projects to its overall power mix. They have also reviewed the feasibility of creating larger solar farms on city and utility-owned properties that would further solidify Riverside’s commitments to solar energy.
For more information about solar projects in Riverside, to view the city’s solar map, and find out more on available solar incentives offered by RPU, visit GreenRiverside.com, or contact the utility at (951) 826-5485, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @RPUNews.