Buck Institute Switches to Solar Power

Date Posted:
May 11, 2016

Novato’s Buck Institute is set bring a four-acre solar carport online on the 13th. The project was implemented at no cost to the Institute, as a demonstration project for Marin Clean Energy. Boasting a 1 megawatt solar photovoltaic panel array, the system is predicted to save the Institute at least $300,000, or 30% of their annual energy bill.

“This reduces the drain on the local power grid and will be of real benefit to the community during the hot summer months when demand peaks,” said the Buck’s recently retired VP of planning and facilities Ralph O’Rear, who initiated the project. “It also means more money for science at the Buck, which is a great benefit for our researchers.”

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