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ANAHEIM, CA (June 11, 2009) - Officials of the City of Anaheim, together with its Public Utilities and Community Services departments, joined with neighborhood and community leaders Tuesday in dedicating Energy Field. Located in central Anaheim, at 1625 S. Ninth Street, Energy Field represents the transformation of a three-acre segment of unsightly weeds and empty space into a much-needed urban play area for the neighborhood.

The family-oriented play space is landscaped with California-friendly plants and more than 65,000 square feet of artificial turf, almost as large as a football field. The turf alone is anticipated to save 2.9 million gallons of water a year, while the landscaping is expected to save 140,000 gallons of water annually. Aside from being water efficient, the site also incorporates solar panels embedded into the roofs of three lunch and tot play area shelters

In addition, a ground-mounted array of 385 solar panels line the far end of Energy Field, that combined will provide enough electricity to serve 22 typical homes for a year. The goal is for children and neighbors to learn about renewable resources and it’s benefits while playing on the site’s jungle gym or enjoying a snack while sitting under one of the lunch shelters.


Solar is a great source of renewable energy, however it is limited by electricity that can be produced only when sunlight is available. At Energy Field, Anaheim Public Utilities saw an opportunity to partner with AC-NET, the Anaheim Center for New Energy Technologies, to pilot test the iCeL Energy Storage and Management System.

iCeL is a type of smart energy storage system that will capture some of the electricity generated from the solar panels at Energy Field and store the clean, green energy for release when it is needed.


“It is exactly this kind of technological advancement and partnership that will continue to put Anaheim at the forefront of innovation,” said Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle.

“iCeL systems is thankful for the opportunity to partner with the City of Anaheim and AC-NET in this demonstration of civic responsibility and innovative technology working together for the benefit of the community,” said Chief Scientist Ryan Wartena, iCeL Systems, Inc.

Anaheim Public Utilities has been pursuing sustainable initiatives for more than 10 years and is proud of its accomplishments in the efficiency, renewable, and environmental areas.

You may click on the following links to learn more about the conservation programs and incentives available to Anaheim residents and businesses.


Photos and Captions

Briefing - Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and Council Member Harry Sidhu, P.E., listen during briefing on iCeL smart energy storage system technology. The system is operating in conjunction with new solar electric generating arrays now operating at Anaheim Public Utility's Energy Field. Click Here.


Dedication - Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle addressed officials and nearby residents to Anaheim Public Utilities Energy Field during dedication of the family oriented play area, which also provides a way to educate Anaheim residents as to the benefits of renewable energy and water efficiency measures to the public. Click Here.


ABOUT ANAHEIM PUBLIC UTILITIES For more than 100 years, Anaheim Public Utilities has served Anaheim water and electric customers with low rates and reliable service. Anaheim Public Utilities is Orange County's only publicly owned water and electric utility.

ABOUT ANAHEIM The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is California's 10th most populous city. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 345,500 residents and more than 2,100 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.3 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as CKE Restaurants, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, Anaheim Arsenal, and the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winning USA Men's Volleyball team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, The Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.