It was announced today that two of California’s most recognized sites will be stepping into the renewable energy business with solar PV system installations. The Salk Institute of Biological Sciences in La Jolla, California, and CBS Television City in Los Angeles will, combined, be installing 911kW of solar electricity on their sites.
The Institute’s buildings, which were designated a National Historical Landmark in 1991, will have a 500kW rooftop solar electric system designed and installed by Stellar Solar. Tim Ball, the Institute’s senior director of facilities services, said. “As a non-profit institution, we are always looking for ways to stretch budgets and save money. As a research facility, we use a lot of electricity. Although we get a very good rate from SDG&E, we found we could produce our own solar electricity onsite for about 30% lower than what SDG&E charges us.”
As for CBS Television City, its East and Main Studio buildings in Los Angeles, will have a 411kW solar PV installation completed by Power-Save Energy. Power-Save will supply all the solar equipment with solar panels from Ningbo Solar, inverters from PV Powered and racking from Unirac. The contract agreed upon between CBS and Power-Save has an estimated worth of US$2,405,835 and has been funded with a federal tax grant, an LA Department of Water and Power rebate and funding from CBS.
Michael Forster, Power-Save Energy Company CEO, stated, “We will certainly continue to market and sell to Corporate America. These large, successful companies continue to be forward looking in spite of the current economy and implement strategic energy saving green measures that will benefit their bottom line and the environment for many years to come.”