Santa Clara County is taking steps toward greater energy self-sufficiency with the installation of solar panels at various locations through the county. The panels, which will cost an estimated $24.4 million, are expected to save the county some $14 million over the next 25 years. A vendor is expected to be selected by the end of this week, and the purchase and installation of the panels throughout the county should be completed by mid-November, mainly in county parking lots.

Meanwhile Kaiser Permanente began its own switch to solar power this past Friday, when the installation at the Santa Clara Medical Center went live. Early last year, Kaiser Permanente announced that it would be installing 15 megawatts of solar power systems in its facilities by late 2011. The installation at the SC Medical Center was the first to go live.
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