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April 12, 2011
Massive solar panel field opened in south Sacramento

City and business officials unveiled a massive solar panel farm in south Sacramento this morning.

The 12,600 solar panels will generate 40 percent of the power at Depot Park, a sprawling industrial complex between Fruitridge and Elder Creek roads that employs 3,000 people. Nearly 100 clean-tech jobs were created by the solar panel project.

Mayor Kevin Johnson, whose "Greenwise Initiative" played a role in the development of the solar complex, said it was the largest solar project in the city. It is also one of the largest ground mounted tracking solar projects in the state, according to the mayor's office.

Depot Park officials, along with City Hall, East West Bank, SPG Solar and Chint Astronergy collaborated on the development.

The City Council is moving toward making such projects easier to construct.

Councilmen Kevin McCarty and Steve Cohn have asked city staff to look at ways to streamline the permitting process for large solar projects. Changes to the current ordinance should be in front of the council soon.

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Officials dedicate the largest solar panel field in the city.

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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