Stadium becomes the first minor league baseball stadium in California to go solar .
LANCASTER, Calif., April 5, 2011— The City of Lancaster and SolarCity®, a national leader in solar financing, design, installation, monitoring and related services, announced today the completion of a 340 kilowatt carport-mounted system at Clear Channel Stadium, home of the Lancaster JetHawks. Clear Channel Stadium is the first minor league baseball stadium in California to go solar.
“This new solar array will save the City tens of thousands of dollars each year, which is a significant amount in our current economic climate,” stated Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Even more significant is the fact that, with this new system, we are continuing to work toward making Lancaster the solar energy capital of the world.”
The solar system is expected to offset 98 percent of the stadium’s energy use, while saving the City and its owners up to $48,000 in the first year of operation. The carport-mounted design provides Jethawks fans with shaded parking during the season when temperatures can soar into the triple digits. The system is also expected to offset more than two thousand pounds of particulates, the leading cause of asthma, over the 15 year life of the lease.
“We’re thrilled to see the system completed in time for the season,” said Peter Carfagna, JetHawks owner. “In addition to the environmental and monetary advantages, our fans are going to benefit from the shaded parking during the hot summer months.”
The stadium is the first of six City solar projects to be completed. The projects, totaling 2.5 megawatts, are expected to save the City of Lancaster more than $7 million over the next 15 years.
“Clear Channel Stadium is setting an example of what baseball stadiums in California should be doing — going solar,” said SolarCity regional director, Jim Cahill. “We’re excited to be part of the Jethawks’ first season powered by solar.”
The stadium’s energy output levels may be viewed at SolarCity’s SolarGuard web page. The page updates every 15 minutes, reporting daily, monthly and yearly data. It may be viewed at the link below: http://solarguard.solarcity.com/kiosk/solarguard.aspx?ID=EAD3B496-D5D9-4958-9013-0736EF60FDD9.
SolarCity®—a national leader in solar power design, financing, installation, monitoring and energy efficiency services—was founded with the mission to help millions of homeowners and businesses adopt clean power, protect themselves from rising gas and electricity costs and protect their environment from polluting power sources. The company’s SolarLease® and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) options can make it possible for homeowners and businesses to switch to clean, solar power for less money than they currently pay for electricity. SolarCity’s 23 operations centers serve Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, D.C. Additional information about the company is available on the Web at www.solarcity.com.
About The City of Lancaster
The City of Lancaster is a thriving community of nearly 146,000 in northern Los Angeles County. Clean air, attainable housing, wide open spaces, and a close-knit community make Lancaster an ideal place for families. A low cost of doing business, endless potential for growth, and a strong commitment to business from local leaders has earned Lancaster the Eddy Award for “Most Business-Friendly City” in Los Angeles County from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. In addition, Lancaster boasts more than 300 days of sunshine per year, making it the ideal place to pioneer new solar energy technologies. No matter how you look at it, it’s positively clear that Lancaster is the perfect place to live, work and play.