San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)—which provides a variety of services for the 42 school districts, 124 charter schools, and five community college districts in the county—has started construction on a 1-megawatt (MW) solar project at its main campus in San Diego. The solar power system is expected to save SDCOE $282,000 each year and provide enough energy to meet approximately 60% of the facility’s electricity demand. When solar generation is coupled with behavioral changes and other planned energy efficiency measures, it should transform the Linda Vista campus into a zero-net energy site—one that generates as much as it utilizes.
“We’ve had solar in our sights for several years and a lot of coordination and effort has led us to this point. San Diego schools lead the nation in their adoption of solar and we wanted to make sure that we set the example as good environment stewards while reducing our utility expenses,” said Bill Dos Santos, senior director of SDCOE’s Educational Facility Solutions Group. “We selected Borrego Solar as our best-value solution for solar based on a competitive procurement in which their experience, track record and local presence where key factors. We felt confident in the company’s ability to meet our project deadlines and quality standards and half-way through construction they continue to impress us.”
Borrego Solar Systems, a top commercial solar company, developed, designed, and is installing SDCOE’s solar project. The company has completed more than 35 MW of solar shade structure installations and has more than 20 MW of additional projects in the design and development stages. The project is slated to be operational this spring. The solar shade structure installation will offset approximately 1,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents annually, which is the same amount as removing nearly 280 cars from the road for a year.
“As a company headquartered and founded in San Diego, Borrego Solar prioritizes supporting our local community in its efforts to go solar, and when we heard about SDCOE’s plans to issue an RFP for this project, we were excited about the opportunity,” said Cameron Thorne, Borrego Solar project developer. “The entire process, from submitting our proposal to site discovery, through to construction mobilization and mechanical completion is expected to be around a year. This efficient timeline has been possible because of SDCOE’s organization and commitment to the project.
Borrego Solar and SDCOE are also planning for a 106-kilowatt solar project at Camp Cuyamaca.
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