San Diego, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) has approved a 20-year agreement with Borrego Solar to construct and maintain a solar photovoltaic (PV) system that will have a capacity of 2.4 megawatts (MW) of energy across the district. This project is one of the largest of its kind for a college or university system in the nation.
The system will be financed through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) which will enable SDCCD to access and use solar-generated energy, without the upfront capital costs or operational expenses. Under the agreement, Borrego Solar will build, operate and maintain the solar system, and sell the generated solar energy back to the District at rates approximately 18% below those of San Diego Gas & Electric, a savings of more than $110,000 annually.
The solar energy generated by the SDCCD system could meet 26% of current peak electrical demand, helping to reduce the increasing demand for power from San Diego’s existing utility grid. The plans call for the solar panels to be installed on building rooftops, parking structures and atop new solar panel shade structures on parking lots throughout the district.
“We are delighted to partner with the San Diego Community College District on a project that will raise the bar locally in sustainable energy development,” said Mark Pearson, senior energy consultant for Borrego Solar. “The District is setting a great example of how projects of this scale can make significant, long-lasting and positive impacts in their operations and working and learning environment. We applaud them for taking the stand that the future is now!”
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