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Senator touts ‘green’ facility

City: Brown on hand for dedication of environmentally friendly construction

Posted: August 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 30, 2011 1:57 a.m.
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Promoting jobs in the “green-energy” fields is a rare cause that crosses party lines and offers a win-win for everyone, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said Monday during a dedication ceremony in Valencia.

“It just makes sense,” Boxer told a small crowd of residents and city officials at the Santa Clarita Transit Maintenance Facility. “We are sitting under one example of what we can do” when political parties work together, she said.

Boxer was on hand to dedicate a $4.6-million solar-panel array that, along with the facility’s environmentally friendly construction, was partially paid for with federal money.

The solar canopy will generate 97 percent of all electricity needed to power the facility, producing almost 1-million kilowatt-hours per year. That’s a $137,000-a-year savings.

The canopy was paid for through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Transit Investment in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction program.

“The city of Santa Clarita is dedicated to serving as a leader in implementing green technologies to promote the preservation of our environment,” Mayor Marsha McLean said in her address welcoming Boxer.

During a brief tour before the dedication, Boxer marveled at the energy-efficient attributes of the facility, dedicated in 2006, the city’s first “green” building to earn a LEED certification.

“I think it’s fabulous,” Boxer said as she peered into a Plexiglas window that showed a cross-section of the building’s exterior wall and the straw bale within. “This is really exciting.”

About 100 people attended the ceremony, including council members McLean, Laurene Weste, Laurie Ender and Bob Kellar, along with a handful of proponents of Boxer’s Senate bill to ban mining in Soledad Canyon.

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