Fresno Launches Big Solar Project

Fresno, Calif., is aiming to put itself on the clean-energy map with a major new solar-power project that will be one of the largest of its kind on the West Coast. The Fresno City Council voted last week to spend $4.7 million to put solar panels on a number of large city building and install energy-efficient lighting, heating, and cooling systems in the facilities. The plan is to have the solar panels up and running by April, to take advantage of that famous California summer sun, and the city expects to start saving big on its electric bills immediately thereafter. “This is one of the rare occasions where you can save taxpayers’ money in the long run and be pro-environment,” said City Council Member Henry Perea.