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Aug 19

CVWD Board approves plan for solar-topped parking structures

Posted on August 19, 2020 at 4:13 PM by Diane Carmony

Solar systems installed on employee parking structures at the CVWD administrative headquarters in Palm Desert will save the District an estimated $330,000 over 20 years, according to an agreement the Board of Directors reached Aug. 11.

The Board unanimously approved solar power purchase and site lease agreements with Nobell Energy Solutions of Palm Springs. Nobell will design, install and maintain a solar photovoltaic power generation system mounted on a number of carport/shade structures. In exchange, CVWD will purchase the solar energy produced by the system.

“It’s environmentally and fiscally responsible,” said Director G. Patrick O’Dowd, noting the cost savings associated with the renewable energy project.

“It’s long overdue,” said Director Anthony Bianco.

The project proposes to produce a renewable source of energy that would provide most of the energy consumption at the CVWD Palm Desert campus. Nobell will also install a battery system to store energy generated from the solar system for later use, lowering energy costs charged by Southern California Edison.

The term of the solar power purchase agreement is 20 years from the start of service. Construction may take up to six months and will require minimal excavation for new structures and equipment.

The board also:


  • Authorized the purchase of 30 vehicles, mostly trucks, and equipment for $2,217,178 to replace 38 fleet units that have high maintenance costs and high mileage. Most are approaching or have reached the end of useful life. They will be sold at a public auction with proceeds expected around $300,000. 
  • Approved the purchase of two Indio properties for North Indio Flood Control Project, one of 4.1 acres, the other 1.7 acres.


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