The Anaheim Convention Center recently completed a 2.4-megawatt install solar panel system, covering 300,000 square feet of rooftop. The $5.7 million project features 7,908 solar panels, making it the largest city-owned, convention center, roof-mounted system in North America. The system is expected to generate an estimated 3.6 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, enough to power 600 homes for a year. Anaheim Public Utilities, which is under pressure to procure more energy from renewable sources since the passage of CA SB 350, which increases California’s renewable portfolio to 50% by 2030 is incorporating the project into its renewable energy portfolio.
As of October 1, 2015, Anaheim’s Solar Incentives Program has been fully subscribed having met the state legislative The Million Solar Roofs Initiative, was signed by the Governor Schwarzenegger in 2006. From this program, over 2,000 solar energy systems totaling about 20 megawatts will be built in Anaheim by the end of 2016 calendar year. The energy that these systems are expected to produce will be enough to power approximately 7,000 homes in Anaheim and save 2,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.
Anaheim Public Utilities is committed to supporting efforts to install solar energy. Anaheim Public Utilities currently offers more than 45 rebates and incentive programs that assist Anaheim businesses, residents and income-qualified customers save water, energy and money. Anaheim Public Utilities currently offers more than 45 rebates and incentive programs that assist Anaheim businesses, residents and income-qualified customers save water, energy and money. Their programs include potential economic incentives and tax benefits of purchasing a renewable energy system. The first step is to understand how to size a solar system that will meet the needs of the home, school or business. The next step is to estimate the cost of this system. To help Anaheim Public Utilities offers the Clean Power Estimator. This allows you to select information about your bill and the solar system you might be considering. It then combines this information with pre-collected data, such as electric rates, electric load profiles, tax rates, local weather data, utility economic incentives, and solar energy system performance. It than calculates an estimated system cost, annual power production, payback and anticipated savings on your electric bill.