Independent Energy Solutions has begun design and construction of a 1.15MW solar photovoltaic system using Kyocera modules for the Capital Group’s Irvine, CA, campus. The PV project, which is expected to be completed by mid- to late summer, will be mounted on shade structures on the roofs of three parking garages and will provide nearly 50% of the energy used to power the campus data center and central plant equipment, the companies said.
Vista, CA-based IES will install approximately 5472 Kyocera 210W high-efficiency polycrystalline-silicon solar panels at the site, making it the largest PV array to date in Orange County. When completed, the system will produce 1.7MWh of power annually.
The Capital Group should benefit within five years from a full return on its investment, which is expected to save the organization more than $14 million in energy costs over the next 25 years, the companies said.
IES was selected for the project as the result of a comprehensive process facilitated by EcoMotion, a renewable energy consulting firm based in Irvine. EcoMotion said it worked with the Capital Group to develop a suitable request for proposal (RFP), distribute it to qualified solar contractors, schedule walk-throughs of the property, and then evaluate responses.
“We received a number of very strong proposals,” said Ted Flanigan, president of EcoMotion, “and were pleased that the work was entrusted to IES.”
As solar agent for the Capital Group, EcoMotion provides ongoing advisory services and project support.