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October 2, 2012 > Local pump station is 'energy independent'

Local pump station is 'energy independent'

Submitted By Michelle Powell

Union Sanitary District (USD) was honored to receive a California Assembly Certificate of Recognition for its Irvington Pump Station Solar Project. Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (20th District) personally presented the certificate to the District at a recent open house celebrating the completion of the solar facility. The award congratulates USD for "moving us towards a clean energy future." The District's new solar facility produces 460 kilowatts of energy and is designed to make the pump station, which sends much of Fremont's wastewater toward the District's treatment plant in Union City, energy-independent.

"We're honored to receive this recognition from Mr. Wieckowski for our efforts to create sources of renewable energy. This is one of many projects that will help us to reduce our power bills and make the best use of the public's assets," says USD General Manager Richard Currie.

USD's solar facility is elevated within the pump station's 2.9 acre emergency storage pond. The 1,680 solar panels move east to west with the sun each day, and are expected to generate about 875,000 kilowatt-hours annually, which is enough to supply about 80 homes. The solar facility took a year to construct at a cost of $2.85 million. USD will receive $650,000 in rebates from PG & E over the next five years, and is already seeing significant savings in its electric bills.

Union Sanitary District operates a 30 million gallon per day wastewater treatment facility in Union City and provides collection, treatment and disposal services to the Tri-City area. For more information, call (510) 477-7500 or visit

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