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Officially designated as the Fort Clara Power Station, this 3.7 million dollar addition to Santa Clara’s power resources will enable the city to distribute more power to residents, and it will position them for greater power advantages as growth expands. Principally, the new power generation system will make it possible for the city to assure adequate power during peak times of consumption and in case of a power emergency. It also will minimize the need for expensive power purchases on the open market and provide opportunity for generating power for market sales.
The 10,800 square foot power station will begin operation with two two-mega-watt generators and the space to increase that number to six two-mega-watt generators as the need arises. The generators will be powered by natural gas, keeping costs down and emissions at low levels.
The radial arm transmission design of the transmission system the generators are connected to provides redundancy and increases reliability of power for users.
The power station is financed with a 20-year term tax-exempt bond.
The facility has the capability of housing four more generators.