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Brea partners with Chevron on new solar project

Plan is expected to save the city $13 million and reduce energy usage by 40 percent.

By Kristen SchottPublished: July 28, 2010 02:51 PM

Courtesy of the city of Brea
The city of Brea and Chevron Energy Solutions have begun construction on a solar project that's expected to save the municipality a net total of more than $13 million and reduce energy usage by 40 percent over the span of 25 years.

Chevron Energy Solutions – a division of Chevron Corp. – will build, maintain, operate and install the 1.8-megawatt solar panels on the city's community center, civic and cultural facility, and reservoir city pump yard. The company also will design and implement a citywide street-lighting upgrade, among other efforts.

Through the project, Brea will become the largest municipal producer of solar energy in the county, according to a statement from the city.

"This project demonstrates how cities and other municipalities can learn from Brea how to reduce their energy costs and use clean, renewable power," said Jim Daviz, president of Chevron Energy Solutions.

Additionally, the project is expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 86,000 metric tons – a stat that's equal to removing more than 16,000 cars from the road – as well as create more than 25 local jobs and more than 125 indirect employment positions.

Construction is expected to be completed sometime next year.

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