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Pasadena In Focus
May - June 2011

A Solar Project That Enlightens Kids, Too

The eye-catching bus canopies shading commuters at the Metro Gold Line’s Lake Avenue Station over the 210 Freeway are much more than architectural beauties – they’re Pasadena’s latest solar marvel! With 208 solar modules seamlessly worked into the Arts and Crafts-inspired design, the canopies represent the city’s first building-integrated photovoltaic. It can generate up to 30,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually and offsets the station’s power use by 25 percent. It’s also the first city-owned solar installation that can be tracked for performance online. Kids, parents and teachers can make a fun classroom or summer project studying changes in this system’s energy output as the day, season and weather progress.

Learn how to harness the power of the sun for your own household at PWP’s free Going Solar workshop Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. With the goal of helping customers install 14 megawatts of Earth-friendly solar power by 2017, PWP offers generous solar rebates and benefits, including special incentives for low-income households. During the workshop, experts will explain and answer your questions about Pasadena’s solar rebate process and the 30 percent federal tax credit available through 2016. The workshop presentation includes information on types of systems available, how to choose a vendor, permit requirements, financing options and lease agreements, and how to calculate energy and cost savings.

Make reservations for the workshop and track performance of the Lake Avenue Station Solar Project at www.cityofpasadena.net/solar.