Solar

RWE Schott Solar Arrays for San Diego Area

RWE Schott Solar, a manufacturer and distributor of solar modules and systems, announced that four County of San Diego facilities are now powered in part by the sun, reducing greenhouse-gas emissions as well as energy consumption and expense for the County.

Rocklin, California – April 5, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Combined, the recently installed, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are expected to produce nearly 500,000 kWh of energy per year, enough electricity to power more than 60 average homes on an annual basis. With its favorable weather patterns – average annual rainfall of less than 10 inches and 150 sunny days – the San Diego area is considered an ideal location for the application of PV systems. “Given the many energy-related issues and challenges that we and other counties have faced in recent years, the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors is committed to improving energy independence, containing energy costs and contributing to the long-term welfare of the environment,” said John J. McTighe, director of the Department of General Services for the County of San Diego. “By strategically distributing our initial implementation of PV systems throughout the county, we have an outstanding opportunity to collect valuable data to help us better understand how renewable energy from the sun can benefit all who reside and work here.” RSS installed two 45 kW, free-standing SunRoof FS PV systems, one at an operations center in Kearny Mesa and the other at the County of San Diego Library in El Cajon. In addition, a 100 kW system was installed at the county’s South Bay Regional Center in Chula Vista with another 100 kW system going in at the North County Regional Center in Vista. With all four installation sites featuring flat roofs, the SunRoof FS system is particularly desirable as its weight is evenly distributed (less than 4 pounds per square foot). In all cases, the PV arrays sit above the roof without any roof-penetrating mounting racks or inserts. “The PV systems installed throughout the County of San Diego are indicative of its commitment to seek long-term solutions that are viable economically and environmentally,” said Marc Roper, director of sales for RSS. “By making this investment in its future, the county is among a growing number of governments, businesses and other organizations that have chosen to lead by example and to make a lasting impact.”