Solar project expected at Grass Valley hotel |

Solar project expected at Grass Valley hotel

Workers could begin installing solar arrays at Grass Valley’s Gold Miner’s Inn-Holiday Inn Express before the end of the year.

The hotel this weekend entered into a contract with Long Beach-based Lite Solar Corp. to install the 375,000-watt arrays on the roof and on covered parking spaces at the Bank Street hotel.

“It’s a huge excitement,” said hotel co-owner Nick Hayhurst. “We’ve been working on this for months.”

Lite Solar will install the arrays and the hotel would pay for the power generated from the panels, Hayhurst added. The arrays would provide nearly 100 percent of the hotel’s electricity needs and remove it from the main grid, resulting in reduced energy costs, Hayhurst said.

First the project will need to pass through Grass Valley’s planning process, which is expected this fall, Hayhurst said. The hotel would construct covered parking stalls in most of its parking lot with arrays installed on top.

To contact Staff Writer Kyle Magin, e-mail or call (530) 477-4239.

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