Aloha solar energy project gets approval from City of Desert Hot Springs authority

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Aloha solar energy project gets approval from City of Desert Hot Springs authority


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GreenTech Lead Team:
The Planning Commission for the City of
Desert Hot Springs, California has approved all land use entitlements for the
Aloha Solar Energy project. The project will cover approximately 14.4 acres and
has a total project cost of about $10 Million.

“Our community set out four years ago to become a vibrant,
diversified economic engine. We are actively seeking investments in renewable
energy, industrial, retail and entertainment development. Our community
welcomes Aloha Energy and their investment in the City of Desert Hot Springs,”
said City of Desert Hot Springs Mayor Yvonne Parks.

The Aloha Solar Energy Project is expected to generate
2.94 MW of solar energy from its two solar plants. This project will produce
energy under the California Renewable Energy Small Tariff Program (CREST
Program).

The CREST Program was designed by the California Public
Utilities Commission (CPUC) in concert with major investor owned utilities to
allow for smaller power producers to be competitive in the process of providing
needed renewable energy within the State of California.

The project will create 20 jobs during the six months of
construction and will add another couple of permanent jobs to maintain the
facility.

“This project creates new local jobs, provides new
revenue, is privately funded, no noise, no emissions, no impacts on schools,
water or sewer facilities, and with changes we made tonight all impacts are
mitigated. Bring us more of these,” said Steve Sobotta, planning
commissioner.

The City of Desert Hot Springs was named as the State of
California’s Fastest Growing City in 2010 and has been recognized by the
California Association for Local Economic Development for its Economic Development
Strategic Plan and commitment to economic growth. The City recently hosted its
2011 Economic Forum and Tour.


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