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Goleta unveils first solar photovoltaic project at city hall

GOLETA, Calif. – The city of Goleta on Wednesday unveiled its completed first solar photovoltaic project that will power nearly 100% of Goleta City Hall's energy usage with clean renewable energy produced on-site.

“This project is not only a reminder of the city’s commitment to sustainability but a reminder that we as a community are coming together to address climate change," said councilmember Kyle Richards.

"We are moving forward to meet our goals to reduce our carbon footprint, and in the process, we are working to safeguard our region against vulnerabilities due to wildfires and grid disruptions.”

The city hosted a 'green' ribbon cutting on Wednesday morning for the project, Monarch 1, which will generate 210 kilowatts of solar power and generate an anticipated savings of more than $270,000 over the 25-year lifespan of the project, according to city officials.

Monarch 1 is wired to be micro-grid ready and includes pre-wiring for six electric vehicle charging stations that will be installed in the future. It is the first solar project of many that the city hopes to install at its facilities to offset energy use and meet the city's goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2030, city officials said.

The city's new sustainability manager, Dana Murray, took part in the ribbon cutting on Wednesday morning along with city officials and elected representatives.

“This is a truly historic day for the city of Goleta," said Mayor Paula Perotte. "Monarch 1 named for our famed butterfly, is the first municipal solar installation for the city and represents years of hard work and the city’s dedication to a greener, more sustainable future.”

To learn more about Goleta's Sustainability Program and projects, click here.

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