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New solar project hosts ribbon cutting 

–Special from the Soaring Eagle Press–

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Members of the Finley family, 5th District Supervisor Debbie Arnold, members of the Templeton Chamber of Commerce, the Templeton Area Advisory Group (TAAG), the Templeton Lions Club, Templeton American Legion Post 220, Templeton Kiwanis, representatives from the project contractors, along with members of the press as well as friends and neighbors gathered on a blustery Thursday (Jan 30) for coffee, muffins, good conversation and a ribbon cutting for the new solar farm on Finley property just outside of Templeton. The facility is fully installed and will be put in service shortly. According to family members, olive trees will be planted around the perimeter of the solar farm – in part to screen it. The property had been leased for cattle grazing for a number of years prior to leasing it for the solar project.                      Photo by Nanette Fisher, Soaring Eagle Press, Copyright 2014.

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The Vintner Solar Project in Templeton.

Bob and Pam Finley welcomed the public Thursday to celebrate the new solar project on their property at a ribbon cutting sponsored by the Templeton Chamber of Commerce. The new project is located just past 640 El Pomar Drive in Templeton.

The Vintner Solar Project is a ground mounted 1.5 Megawatt solar generating facility which provides enough energy to power over 250 Templeton homes and offsets carbon emissions equal to that of nearly 880 automobiles. The project site occupies 20 acres.

Ecos Energy currently has a power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to sell power for a 20 year term and will have very minimal physical impacts to the adjacent properties.

“This project has been a journey for the future generations to come” says Bob Finley, owner of the property. The Finley family wished to thank the following individuals who participated in the project: San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Debbie Arnold, Canaday Construction, Mark Switzer Excavating, Weyrick Company, Doorman Hydroseeding, Twin Cities Survey, Hallin Geotechnical Services, Ace Concrete, Peak Electric, Jake Warner Fencing, Kyle Carnes SWPP, and Finley Family Nursery and Landscaping.

The Templeton Chamber of Commerce host ribbon cuttings and mixers on a monthly basis. It is an alliance of over 200 North County businesses and citizens that has advocated for the economic vitality of the community of Templeton since 1902. For more information on the Templeton Chamber of Commerce, including membership information, please call (805) 434-1789.

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