City wise to sign up for green energy program
Apr 26, 2012 | 944 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For a small, rural community, Patterson has been on the cutting edge of environmentally conscious technology in Stanislaus County in recent years. In November, the city became the first in the county with an electric vehicle charging station that’s not affiliated with an auto dealership, when one opened at the Best Western Plus Villa Del Lago inn.

This week, city officials themselves took a bold step into “greener” pastures as the City Council unanimously voted to give Chevron Energy Solutions $75,000 for a comprehensive plan to increase energy efficiency using solar panels and retrofitted energy-efficient streetlights.

While $75,000 might seem like a healthy chunk of change, Chevron Energy officials promise that the city will end up with a net cost near zero when the measures are implemented.

There may be other benefits, too. Council members have asked for energy-efficient streetlights to light the oleanders on Highway 33 and the portion of East Las Palmas Avenue between downtown and the Patterson Skate Park, which could improve security in those areas. Chevron Energy representatives said many of those streetlights could be equipped with security cameras.

The council made a wise move by approving Chevron Energy’s plan, and it should have far-reaching effects into the future. It’s exciting to hear that Modesto Junior College also has plans to train students in solar technology at its local site, slated to open in 2013, so those energy-efficient measures could translate into more jobs, too.

It’s all good news for our town. If these trends continue, Patterson should be well poised for the future.

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