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Santa Clara Water & Sewer - Solar Water Heating Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/27/2012
Program Overview:
State: California
Incentive Type: Leasing Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Pool Heating
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential, Local Government
Terms:Monthly service charge is based on the number of panels. Customer must pay system installation cost.
Web Site: http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=1046
Summary:

In 1975, the City of Santa Clara established the nation's first municipal solar utility. Under the Solar Water Heating Program, the Santa Clara Water & Sewer Utilities Department supplies, installs and maintains solar water heating systems for residents and businesses. In addition, the city has also installed solar energy equipment for a number of its own facilities.

Solar equipment is available from the city for heating swimming pools, process water and domestic hot water. The hardware (solar collectors, controls and storage tanks) is owned and maintained by the city under a rental agreement. The renter pays an initial installation fee and a monthly utility fee. For solar pool heating systems, the installation cost is $2,000 plus $90 per panel. There is a monthly service charge for all systems based on the number of panels. Pool systems are billed a monthly service charge for six billing cycles per year (generally from April to September), although the system is available for use all year.


 
Contact:
  Solar Engineer
City of Santa Clara Water & Sewer Utility
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone: (408) 615-2000
Fax: (408) 247-0784
Web Site: http://www.ci.santa-clara.ca.us/pub_utility/ws_muni_solar.html
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