DMV Office Becomes Part of Million Solar Rooftops Plan

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, MS F-122, Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: Mike Marando, Steve Haskins, Armando Botello, Mike Miller
January 30, 2007

Partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric designed to reduce electricity costs

The Department of Motor Vehicles continues to use the latest technology to improve customer services while preserving the environment for future generations. Just three months after the grand opening of the new energy efficient office in San Ysidro, DMV has received the go-ahead from San Diego Gas and Electric to start utilizing electricity generated from photovoltaic (PV) solar panels.

This system is part of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Million Solar Roofs Plan” introduced in 2004 which aims to provide 3,000 megawatts of additional clean energy, reducing the output of greenhouse gasses by 3 million tons.

“The use of solar panels is another example of DMV’s continuing efforts to fulfill the Governor’s Green Initiative by incorporating energy and resource strategies while producing monetary savings for California’s taxpayers,” said DMV Director George Valverde. “And, generating solar electricity has the potential to make a significant contribution to the DMV’s future energy needs.”

The strips of panels used for the collection of solar energy are part of the new building’s original construction. Energy collected by the panels feed directly into the electrical system, which is projected to provide energy needs of up to 7 percent – enough to generate electricity for two average-sized California homes annually. In addition, the power produced during weekends and holidays when the building is not open to the public will be bought by San Diego Gas and Electric creating further savings to DMV. And, the PV system will prevent approximately 10,206 pounds of Carbon Emissions from entering the atmosphere.

Located in the San Ysidro area of San Diego, the 14,656 square-foot building opened in October 2006 at 6111 Business Center Court. The newest DMV field office meets the highest standards for energy and resource conservation set by the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

In addition to the solar panels on top of the building, the facility incorporates several environment friendly features such as glazed windows and skylights to increase natural lighting and lower electricity, heating and cooling costs. Recycled, locally manufactured materials, highly efficient irrigation technology, drought tolerant landscaping and low-flow fixtures were also incorporated into the facility.

DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of Acting Secretary Barry R. Sedlik. The DMV licenses drivers; maintains driving records; registers and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels; investigates auto and identity-related fraud; and licenses car dealers, driving schools, and traffic violator schools. The DMV offers an array of services to customers through its Web site (, including online appointments for written and drive tests; vehicle registration and driver license renewals, selection of personalized license plates, change of address, filing for Notice of Release of Liability, and payment of fees via secure debit transactions.


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