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Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 9:30 am | Updated: 7:56 am, Wed Mar 14, 2018.

TWENTYNINE PALMS — Solar power, including a solar power field near its fluoride treatment plant on Two Mile Road and Utah Trail, could be in the future for the Twentynine Palms Water District.

Water board members meeting in regular session Wednesday, Feb. 28, agreed by consensus to move forward with a feasibility study of ways to save money on utilities. The study will be conducted by Climatec, a consulting firm whose representative, Frank Mann, promised board members projects would pay for themselves through savings or by grants and rebates earned by the district.

“Climatiec will guarantee a savings,” he said

Mann told board members he recommended a detailed audit to identify upgrades that could be made to district facilities to save money.

“You have some out of date systems,” he said, adding that the district of also dealing with meter reading efficiency issues and escalating utility rates.

Southern California Edison, he noted, is beginning to charge different rates based on time of consumption.

“It’s not how much you buy but when you buy it,” he said.

He spoke of updating the district’s lighting and HVAC systems, using smart water meters to increase efficiency and expanding automated data collection systems.

He also spoke of the addition of solar power generators to cut back on the money sent to Southern California Edison.

One location he recommended for solar was the district’s fluoride treatment plant on Two Mile Road and Utah Trail.

“You have a considerable load there and the solar would run it well,” he said.

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  • crixus posted at 3:18 am on Thu, Mar 8, 2018.

    crixus Posts: 214

    Going solar in the sunny desert makes a lot of sen$e.


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