Debra Lynn Dadd
My Business is Powered By the Sun
Since October 2004, Debra Lynn Dadd Communications has been powered completely with solar energy, through the purchase of green energy certificates. Though solar costs more than other renewables, I decided I wanted to support having more solar energy available.
My purchase of 15 MWh per year covers all the energy my husband and I use in our home and my home office, plus a little more. It prevents the emissions of 20,700 pounds of carbon dioxide annually, equivalent to planting 1,500 trees or removing 2 cars from the road for one year.
When I purchase solar energy through my green energy certificates, this is where it comes from...
ALAMEDA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
SOLAR PROJECT PROFILE
June 29, 2003
Commercial On-Line Date (COD)
Annual Energy Production
- Located in the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California.
- Project is publically owned by the Alameda County Fair Association and includes 20,000 square feet of panels atop 16 horse stables, two, two maintenance buildings, and the Amador Pavilion, a covered arena.
- Total cost of the project was $4.6 million; PG&E supplied a 50% rebate subsidy to cover up-front capital costs.
- The project hosts solar panels manufactured by BP Solar and Kyocera, as well as Xantrex inverters, installed under contract with the California Construction Authority by Cal Electro.
- The project site includes the ondest continually operating one-mile horse track in the United States, dating to 1858. Seabiscuit's owner, Charles Howard, trained some of his horses at the track.
- The Alameda County Fairgrounds project will generate enough energy to serve over 200 homes.
- Each year, the project will offset over 2,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (a gas that contributes to global warming.
- The Alameda County Fairgrounds project is one of the largest-scale solar projects in California.
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