Solar Technology Supplies 50 Percent of Cerritos Reservoir Power
Cerritos, Calif. — This fall, Martifer Solar USA designed, engineered and installed a 101.72kW array on the rooftop of the City of Cerritos reservoir, supplying enough energy to offset the electricity usage of 228 average California homes each year. The City of Cerritos reservoir supplies clean, regulated water to approximately 16,000 homes in Cerritos.
Cerritos Mayor Joseph Cho, Ph.D. said, “From opening the nation’s first solar-powered city hall to constructing a 25-mile recycled water distribution system, the City of Cerritos has been in the vanguard of environmental preservation. The City continues this green tradition with the fantastic new photovoltaic system at the Cerritos Corporate Yard. The City of Cerritos is delighted that the new system will provide about 50 percent of the electricity needs of the Cerritos Corporate Yard’s main building.”
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funded the project. Martifer Solar won the municipal contract after a selective RFP process. Over 700 flexible solar panels were applied to the reservoir roof. The adaptable panel employed within the installation utilizes an amorphous silicon solar cell technology, which absorbs blue, green and red light at different layers of the cell.
The lifetime environmental benefit equivalent of the system amounts to over 5 million pounds of carbon dioxide and nearly $351,250 of electricity savings for the City. “The City of Cerritos was an excellent customer on this successful project,” said Raffi Agopian, CEO of Martifer Solar USA. “We worked with a knowledgeable staff who clearly defined their project expectations from the beginning and worked closely with us throughout the execution of the entire project.”
About Martifer Solar USA
Los Angeles based Martifer Solar USA, (www.MartiferSolarUSA.com) specializes in the design, engineering and installation of residential, commercial and industrial-scale photovoltaic (PV) electric systems and components. Martifer Solar USA has been installing systems within the U.S. since 2001 under the banner A&M Energy Solutions. Martifer Solar is a division of the Martifer Group, (www.Martifer.pt), a publicly traded construction and renewable energy company. To date, Martifer Solar has participated in the implementation of over 100 MW of photovoltaic solar energy worldwide.
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