If you’re ever flying around San Francisco on a sunny day look down at the giant empty parking lot in the southwest corner of the city. You can’t miss it. Giant empty parking lot. No cars. That’s the top of the Sunset Water Reservoir which has got one of the best views of the sunset and may soon be the largest municipal solar generating project in the country.
The city is brokering deals with a private company, Recurrent Energy, to spend up to $40 million dollars and put in 12 football fields of solar panels by next year. It’s a pretty ambitious project and a great use of a giant empty parking lot that’s just been soaking up sun anyway.
Here’s what the Sunset Water Reservoir looks like today.
It will be interesting to see what the project looks like when it’s done.