Students and staff alike at Sierra Community College District’s Rocklin and Grass Valley campuses have begun benefitting from the first phase of two solar PV systems that Borrego Solar Systems is developing. Through a public/private partnership, the California college district is anticipated to save almost US$2 million in energy costs over the term of the agreement.
Operated and maintained under a PPA with Borrego Solar, Sierra College was able to forgo the cost of financing the solar installation and equipment while agreeing that it will purchase nearly 1,833,400kWh of solar energy per year at below-the-grid rates. Sierra’s Rocklin campus will sport a 971kW solar system, while its Grass Valley campus will benefit from a 282kW system.
“This project and partnership offer many benefits,” commented Willy Duncan, president of Sierra. “It will reduce our utility costs in a time of declining resources which will allow for more dollars to stay in the classroom and it is a step in the right direction toward using a clean, efficient energy source. Not to mention the fact that the students love the covered parking.”