The Solano Community College District (SCCD) welcomed 2.8MW of PV systems, ushering in a new age of renewable-energy usage throughout the institution's three campuses.
The systems are comprised of three separate facilities: Solar parking canopies at the college’s Fairfield campus and installations at both the Vacaville and Vallejo districts.
According to the SCCD, the facilities are expected to provide enough energy to meet as much as 50% of the annual electricity needed at the three sites.
Yulian Ligioso, SCCD’s vice president of finance and administration, said: "Solar power is a reliable, affordable means to reduce our operational costs as well as our dependence on fossil fuels. … With SunPower as our solar technology provider, we expect the systems will generate significant savings over the next 25 years for the benefit of the district, our students and our communities."
The systems were designed and constructed by SunPower, one of the leaders in PV project developers in the industry today. Kitchell, a construction firm with offices located in California, Arizona, Tennessee and Texas, managed the assembly of the facilities.
According to data released by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the 2.8MW systems are expected to offset the production of around 2,200 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.