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Solar panels added to water treatment center

River Authority expected to save $12,000 per year

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SAN ANTONIO – With a goal to save money and conserve energy, some heavy hitters are working together.

CPS Energy and SolarHost SA have teamed up with the San Antonio River Authority.

On Tuesday, two new solar panels were unveiled at the Martinez 2 wastewater treatment facility in Converse. It is part of an initiative to help homeowners and businesses take advantage of going solar.

The best part is that the project is free to customers. But due to the popularity of the program CPS Energy said they are not able to accept any new participants.

“For any of CPS' customers, if they are interested, they don’t have to pay anything,” president of Powerfin Partners Tuan Pham said.  “By letting us use their rooftop and their property for our generators, they get a monthly bill credit."

SolarHost SA was created by PowerFin in partnership with CPS.

The program is expected to save customers an average of about 20 to 30 percent on their monthly electricity bills. For SARA, that would be an equivalent to about $12,000 per year.