The Solar Project
This project is a 500 kW solar photo-voltaic system built at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB) in Ukiah, CA. Over 1,800 panels are part of the array, which will "zero out" the projected energy bill over the next ten years at CTTB. There is room at the project site for future expansion.
Over the 25-year lifespan of the system, the panels are expected to save close to $6 million in energy costs, while also preventing 14,000 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the environment.
CTTB's electricity rate has increased 6% every year in the last decade. With a growing population, increased retreat attendance, expanded schools and other projects, CTTB energy usage is growing as well. The solar project reduces the dependency on paying for energy from the utility company. The system should produce enough energy to "zero out" the electric bill for the next decade.
In the process, CTTB can save nearly $6 million that they otherwise would have spent on electricity.
Renderings of The solar farm
Below are some renderings of the project at the CTTB site.