RWE Schott Solar (RSS) a manufacturer and distributor of solar modules and systems, has contracted with Prevalent Power, a Novato California-based clean energy developer and systems integrator, to provide an 89 kW flat-roof solar electric power system for the County of Marin in Northern California.Rocklin, California – August 14, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The companies jointly developed the project for the county in support of its commitment to reduce its power consumption and air pollution emissions. The contract reflects the combination of talents and services that RSS and Prevalent Power will bring to the County of Marin. RSS is providing products and support, including the SunRoof FS flat-roof system as well as engineering, supply and logistical services. Meanwhile, Prevalent Power is performing the project design, installation and management. By working with specialty and general contractors, RSS is able to increase the availability of solar electric or photovoltaic (PV) systems to a much wider audience while maintaining its focus and control over its product quality and design. This type of relationship also gives contractors more opportunities to design and bid on projects by highlighting the efficiency of RSS products. “Marin County is dedicated to reducing emissions, power usage and energy costs through a series of energy conservation activities, followed by programs to build and maintain sustainable power sources,” said Rick Carlsen, assistant director of Public Works for the County of Marin. Marin Country completed an analysis of their energy usage and began implementing changes to reduce energy consumption. They then began looking at creating our own power and upon completing a competitive selection process, brought in RSS and Prevalent Power to help with the program. “They (RSS) showed how we could reduce one of our building’s electricity bills to nearly zero while also taking advantage of the financial incentives and low-cost loans available for these types of systems,” Carlsen said. “We expect the system to save slightly more than the loan payments, putting the system in the black almost from the beginning.” Marin County is working to reduce its power requirements through a series of energy savings program that range from improving heating and air conditioning systems to increasing conservation efforts. This PV project represents a milestone for the county as it works toward reaching its environmental and sustainable development goals. For its contribution to the county’s program, RSS completed an electrical usage evaluation and determined that an 89 kW SunRoof FS system, capable of powering 30-60 average homes, would bring the General Services Garage’s electricity bill to nearly zero. The system installs directly on the garage’s flat roof without any penetration. The system is expected to pay for itself in about 13 years.