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The Lodi Boys and Girls Club goes green with solar panels

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Posted: Thursday, December 2, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 6:14 am, Thu Dec 2, 2010.

As children squeal while playing a pick-up game of basketball at the Lodi Boys and Girls Club, 150 solar panels are quietly humming away on the roof and supplying the gym with power to help keep the lights running. The state-of-the-art solar system was installed over the last two weeks, and club president and CEO Richard Jones said it was activated Wednesday.

“We are online,” he said. “We will see a savings in energy costs immediately.”

The solar panels can produce roughly 30,000 watts of energy and Jones said he expects the renewable energy to save the club between $700 and $900 on its utility bills each month. The biggest savings will come during the summer, Jones said, when the club runs its air conditioner throughout the sweltering days.

For now, the panels will reduce the club’s carbon footprint as it provides power for its arcade games, light fixtures and computers. The panels provide 40 percent of the club’s energy.

The city is also helping the club get the most for its money. Rob Lechner, manager of customer service and programs at the Lodi Electric Utility, is working to help land the club an estimated $60,000 in federal rebates.

“Solar can be an attractive option to reduce energy costs,” Lechner said. “The rebates are just the icing on the cake.”

Contact reporter Jordan Guinn at jordang@lodinews.com.

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2 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:29 pm on Fri, Dec 3, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    May I ask, where did the money come from for the initial outlay... I did not think this organization had the resources available that it would take... or have the prices fallen since I last looked?

     
  • Alex Calderon posted at 7:37 am on Fri, Dec 3, 2010.

    Alex Calderon Posts: 1

    My name is Alex Calderon, I would like to express what a rewarding experience it was to be part of this project. The overall atmosphere surrounding this project was that of a community comming together as a team to accomplish a great good. Mr. Richard Jones, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club, and his staff were outstanding in their cooperation. As a solar company, we have installed projects up and down Central and Northern California, and have dealt with many building jurisdictions and energy districts, both the City of Lodi Building Department and Lodi Electric rank tops in our books thanks to the staff at each of these that made the project happen. I would like to thank each and everyone of them for their cooperation. Finally, thanks to the City of Lodi in general, and look forward to future projects in the community.

    Alex Calderon
    Operations Manager
    Constant Energy Source
    Solar Design and Installation

     

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