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County Office of Education unveils solar project

Posted: Friday, Jan 18th, 2013

Michael Watkins, county superintendent of schools, joins Lindsey Corbin, director of business development for Chevron Energy Solutions, at a celebration of the completion of a a massive solar energy project at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).

SANTA CRUZ — The cloudy, cold weather broke Thursday, just in time for the Santa Cruz County Office of Education to unveil a project that will make perfect use of the sun.

The county’s education headquarters, located on Encinal Street in Santa Cruz, will now receive much of its energy via a large array of solar panels mounted on the building’s roof and on a slope behind it.

The ribbon cutting drew a large group of dignitaries, including Santa Cruz County Supervisors and Santa Cruz City Councilmembers.

Supervisor Neal Coonerty said the project will help ease a growing public concern over global warming, and

“This is where the rubber meets the road,” he told the crowd. “This is a project that will help us offset climate change.”

Coonerty called the $1 million project, which took three months to complete, a “good expenditure of tax dollars.”

SCCOE Superintendent Michael Watkins estimated that the project will save the county an estimated $2 million over the program’s 25-year life.

For the complete article see the 01-19-2013 issue.

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