Southern California Edison rebates to increase up to 45%

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The city of Hanford, California has completed a transformative solar program expected to reduce energy costs at the city's wastewater treatment plant with the help of Southern California Edison (SCE).

The city of Hanford's first solar installation. (Credit: Chevron Energy Solutions)

The installation uses a 1MW ground-mounted single-axis solar tracking system, which automatically positions solar panels towards the sun.

The program is projected to save $7 million over the life of the program, as well as cut the City of Hanford's electrical utility purchases by nearly 50 percent at the wastewater treatment plant and offset annual carbon emissions by nearly 1,000 metric tons, an amount equal to removing about 200 cars from the road each year.

Chevron Energy Solutions designed, engineered and installed the solar system, and will perform operation and maintenance services. SCE provided energy-efficient equipment and incentives, and will provide the City with a rebate check for more than $1.6 million through its California Solar Initiative incentive program.

Southern California Edison is expected to present a rebate check exceeding $1.6 million. The California Public Utilities Commission just this week approved an increase of up to 45 percent in the rebates offered through the California Solar Initiative -- Thermal Program.

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