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REC Solar, in partnership with the primary contractor for this project, AECOM Technology Corporation, has unveiled a 1.16MW installation at California State University, US. The three systems feature 4,956 REC peak energy series panels. REC Solar has installed three solar systems: two on CSU buildings at the Fullerton campus and one on a parking structure carport. The installation also includes a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station.

In total, the three systems will produce 1.6 million kWh of electricity annually; equivalent to reducing 26,422 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, or eliminating 5,181 passenger vehicles from the road over the next 25 years. As part of the agreement announced in October 2008, CSUF will be one of 16 California State University sites to host a total of 20MW of solar power throughout the state.

“California's continued economic, environmental and social prosperity depends on sustainable energy and technology,” said Dr. Willie Hagan, interim president of California State University, Fullerton. “With today’s celebratory completion of the California State University, Fullerton installation, we are demonstrating our commitment to derive more of our energy from renewable sources. A fiscally responsible endeavour, CSUF is saving energy and reducing costs, while setting the bar for other universities to aspire to.”

“By installing electric vehicle charging stations from Charge Harbor LLC, CSU Fullerton enables everyone on campus to participate in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Ryan Grady, president, Charge Harbor LLC. “Commuting to campus in a plug-in vehicle can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 70% – we are honoured to be part of this effort.”

 

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