Solano Community College District (SCCD), SunPower Corp. and Kitchell dedicated 2.8 MW of solar power systems installed at three district locations.
According to SCCD, the systems are expected to generate enough electricity to meet as much as 50% or more of annual electricity demand at the three sites.
SunPower designed and constructed the systems, which are installed on solar parking canopies at the district’s Fairfield campus, and at district centers in Vacaville and Vallejo. The systems use high efficiency SunPower solar panels. Kitchell performed program management services and provided construction oversight for the district at all three locations.
According to industry estimates provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the 2.8 MW of SunPower systems are expected to offset the production of roughly 2,200 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to removing approximately 10,850 passenger vehicles from California’s highways over the next 25 years.
SunPower has installed approximately 20 megawatts of solar power systems at 12 community college districts . The systems are generating enough clean, renewable solar electricity to power more than 4,100 California homes each year, according to calculations provided by the Solar Energy Industries Association. At current utility rates, it’s estimated the districts are avoiding approximately $5.4 million in annual electricity costs.
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