California’s Metropolitan Water District invests $10.5 million in 3-MW solar installation

Written By: Stratton Report
August 9, 2016

On August 9, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced it had invested $10.5 million in a 3-megawatt solar installation at the district’s F.E. Weymouth Water Treatment Plant will offset nearly half of the plant’s energy demands.

The solar plant in La Verne is expected to last 30 years and according to the water district will pay for itself long before that due to the cost savings realized by replacing electricity purchased on the retail market with self-produced energy. Metropolitan also will receive about $1 million in rebates from the California Solar Initiative Program for the plant.

Metropolitan board Chairman Randy Record noted:

“As public stewards of our natural resources, Metropolitan is ever-conscious of the impact our operations have on the environment, from the delivery and treatment of water to the day-to-day operation of our facilities. Just as we have assumed a leadership role in promoting conservation and other water-wise activities such as recycling and groundwater cleanup, we are also working hard to reduce our carbon footprint.”