February 2015

Alga Norte Now Running With Solar

by The Editors on February 6, 2015

Alga Solar

The solar panels placed at the Alga Norte Park will power most of the park’s electrical needs rolling forward while at the same time providing shade in the park’s hot parking lots.

The 720 solar panels, which cover two rows of Alga Norte’s parking lot and provide shade for park visitors, are expected to generate about 360,000 kilowatt-hours of energy a year, which is enough to power about 55 average San Diego homes. It also will cut carbon dioxide output by approximately 6,838 tons over a 25-year period, which is the equivalent of cutting the emissions of automobiles driving 15 million miles. . . “This system will give us the ability to watch in real time our energy consumption compared to our production,” said City of Carlsbad Civic Projects Manager Patrick McGarry. “That will give us an opportunity to see how much energy the panels are producing and when we’re spiking electric power, allowing us to make decisions to reduce consumption.”

According to the City the panels, which cost $720,000, will pay for themselves in 11 years and begin creating a $66,000 a year savings in year 12. For the official word from the City of Carlsbad, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Valentine’s Concert Series In Carlsbad Village

by The Editors on February 2, 2015

RachelleverenzThe Carlsbad Village Association invites you to take a Valentine’s Day stroll through adorned Village streets and swoon over live performances by local violinists Karen Guizar and Rachel Leverenz (pictured right), as well as crooner Alan Land.

While you’re out, keep the romance alive and cozy up to a glass of wine or sweet treat at Village shops like Relm Wine Bar and Carlsbad Chocolate Bar. Village restaurants like Paon, Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi and The Land & Water Co. will also be offering decadent menus for a pre or post performance feast. . . The free, family-friendly Valentine’s Day concerts will be on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 6 to 8pm. Performance sites are located outside of Carlsbad Chocolate Bar on the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and State Street, Viz Art Ink on the corner of Grand Avenue and State Street and Paon Restaurant on Roosevelt Street.

For all the details, please click the link.

[Link: Carlsbad-Village.com]

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