Chaffey College in San Bernardino County, California, now has a 5.5-MW solar portfolio expected to save $28.5 million over the life of the project. The district purchased the solar outright, which resulted in optimal savings. The solar shade structure installations at Chaffey College and its campuses in Fontana and Chino will offset nearly 7,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents annually, which is the same amount offset by taking almost 1,600 cars off the road for a year.
Borrego Solar Systems developed, designed and built Chaffey CCD’s solar projects: 4.4 MW at Chaffey College, 775 kW at the Chino Campus and 305 kW at the Fontana campus. The company has completed 16.5 MW of solar installations across 22 sites for community colleges in California. The Chaffey portfolio is the largest solar carport system Borrego Solar has completed to date for any customer segment.
“This is a marquee project for Borrego Solar and we could not have found a better partner than Chaffey College for a project of this scale and nature,” said Cameron Thorne, project developer at Borrego Solar who worked with Chaffey on the solar projects. “Chaffey College made a bold and empowering decision to go big on this project. This investment will make a significant and lasting impact to their energy mix and costs and clearly makes them a renewable energy leader within the broader California and educational landscape. This project took the very best of both Borrego Solar and Chaffey College to complete, and both teams delivered. We’re extremely proud to be their partner both now and for the future to ensure that this project continues to deliver on its potential.”
The projects are expected to produce nearly 10 million kWh of energy in the first year, which is the equivalent to the amount needed to power approximately 1,375 average homes in California annually. The solar systems are sized to offset approximately 90% of the current electricity usage for the District. Newcomb Anderson McCormick consulted the District on their solar portfolio.
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