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    Calif. Gas Station Goes Solar

    The Golden Gate Petroleum location is powered by the sun, saving on energy costs.

    ATASCADERO, Calif. -- Golden Gate Petroleum's Shell station here recently unveiled a new 35.2-kilowatt solar electric system. Designed and installed by REC Solar, it has created a state-of-the-art energy production site on the roof of the station.

    Using 160 SunPower SPR 220-watt panels, the system is expected to supply a significant percentage of the station's annual electricity through renewable energy, the company stated. The technology will produce more than 50,204 kilowatt hours annually, and is expected to save the company thousands of dollars in energy costs.

    "Many gas station owners are realizing that solar not only adds to the marketability of their station and sets them apart from their competitors; it also allows them to be part of the solution towards a more sustainable future," Ryan Park, of REC Solar, said in a statement. "This system will allow Golden Gate Petroleum to control their electricity costs and save a significant amount of money, while also setting an example as an industry leader in green practices."

    Besides saving on energy costs, the station's solar technology will offset nearly 2 tons of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, each month, the company stated.

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