Solar panels on the Carmel Valley Recreation Center. Courtesy City of San Diego

San Diego reported the installation of solar panels on 17 more city-owned facilities in its drive to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

The latest milestone in the city’s clean-energy goal was announced Wednesday by Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

“We’re making investments today to create a cleaner San Diego and become one of the greenest cities in the world,” Faulconer said. “Adding more and more solar makes all the sense in the world as it reduces energy costs at city facilities and helps toward our goal of using 100 percent renewable energy.”

The city estimates the new solar installations will result in cost savings of about $12.5 million over the next 20 years.

The largest new installation is at Balboa Park’s Inspiration Point, where more than 2,900 panels have created a parking lot canopy. The canopy produces 1,547,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually — enough to power the equivalent of 131 homes for a year.

The city now has a total of 42 solar power installations at its facilities. Another 10 solar projects are in various stages of planning and design at police stations, recreation centers, libraries and other facilities.

“The installation of solar panels at existing parking lots and on rooftops is a smart way to take advantage of the city’s current infrastructure,” said Councilmember Mark Kersey. “These projects save the city money in the long run, which means more resources for core services like road repair.”

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.