For Immediate ReleaseNovember 14, 2013
Solar panels, HVAC upgrades, ‘deep green’ power cut electricity costs
San Rafael, CA – The transformation of Marin Center into a model of electrical efficiency among performing arts / fairgrounds / conference centers has continued with several notable upgrades over the past five years. The San Rafael facility, operated by the Marin County Department of Cultural and Visitor Services, saw a 26 percent reduction in electricity consumption from 2006 to 2012, and that number will only increase with addition of heating and air conditioning upgrades in 2013.
When the carbon-free electricity from the Marin Center’s 205-kilowatt solar array is included, the facility is requiring 57 percent less grid-connected electricity over the past six years.
There’s more: Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Showcase Theatre, Exhibit Hall and the rest of the Marin Center facility at the County fairgrounds have been powered by MCE Clean Energy’s “deep green” electricity as of June 2013.
“We are proud of the County of Marin’s commitment to powering our facilities with renewable energy and reducing our carbon footprint,” said Marin County Board of Supervisors President Judy Arnold. “This multiyear effort by three county departments – the Department of Public Works, the Community Development Agency and the Department of Cultural and Visitor Services – is a great example of collaboration and innovation. The County’s leadership in sustainability and seeking viable energy solutions is exemplary.”
Here is a closer look at recent projects:
Marin Center campus electrical usage cut from 1 million kilowatts in 2006 to 742,000 kWh by 2012, a reduction of 26 percent. Including the solar array, the County eliminated the need for more than 575,000 kWh of grid power (57 percent of 2006 consumption) through energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Choosing electricity generated from renewable resources, generating electricity from the solar array and conserving electricity through efficiency measures demonstrate the County of Marin’s significant pledge to sustainability.
“We live in a part of the country that is renowned for its public commitment to sustainable living, and we’ve tried to lead by example,” said Jim Farley, Director of the County’s Department of Cultural and Visitor Services. “It’s not only the right thing to do for the environment, but it saves taxpayer dollars in the long run.”
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Gabriella C. CalicchioDirectorDepartment of Cultural Services
Marin Center10 Avenue of the FlagsSan Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6400Email: Gabriella C. CalicchioCultural Services Website