Some water, and wasterwater systems serving parts of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties are adding solar power to be more environmentally friendly, and save money.
The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, and the Triunfo Sanitation District have signed a deal with a solar power company to buy power from an array of solar panels which will be installed next to the water district’s headquarters in Calabasas. The SolarCity system will cover about six acres of land, but landscaping and existing terrain will obscure most of the facility from view by people on nearby Las Virgenes Road. The solar power will meet some, but not all of the power needs for the agencies to pump recycled water. But, use of the solar power is expected to save more than $120,000 a year, and more than $2 million dollars over the term of the deal.
The two agencies provide water, and wastewater treatment for a half dozen communities on both sides of the Ventura-Los Angeles County line, including Agoura Hills, Oak Park, Westlake Village, and parts of Thousand Oaks.