The City of Chula Vista, California will inaugurate a brand-new Police Department headquarters next month that will use solar energy to supply a significant percentage of its electricity.Chula, Vista, California – March 26, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] A 38.6 kW solar electric system — large enough to power approximately 10 typical area homes — was installed on the building’s roof. This solar array uses 244 Kyocera KC158G photovoltaic (PV) modules to save taxpayer money by reducing the department’s reliance on utility power. The system was designed and installed by Independent Energy Solutions (IES), a Kyocera-authorized dealer that has been providing PV systems in San Diego County since 1998. The system was engineered by ILA + Zammit Engineering Group, an award-winning San Diego-based electrical engineering firm that has been incorporating solar technologies into its architectural designs since 2000. “Chula Vista is a very progressive city requiring sustainable design practices for their projects,” said Keith Thompson, Principal. “This is the type of client that ILA + Zammit enjoys working with in accomplishing cost-effective, environmentally sound solutions for new projects.” The Chula Vista Police Department building will be a renewable energy showcase both for the City of Chula Vista and for San Diego County, which are striving to increase the use of renewable energy by encouraging the installation of PV systems.