Los Angeles College Installs 4-MW Solar Project

L.A. Southwest College (LASC), part of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) has installed a 4-megawatt (MW) solar energy project on its campus. The system, which was designed and constructed by Chevron Energy Solutions will serve as a living model for students, allowing them to study renewable technologies as it relates to design, construction, chemistry and physics, the school said.

Earlier this year, in partnership with Chevron Energy Solutions, the district unveiled a 1.2-MW project at East L.A. College. Both projects are meant in part to help prepare students for the green economy and green collar jobs that are currently available and that industry experts expect to grow in the coming years.

“This project is another major push toward our ultimate goal to declare our energy independence and foster awareness of green concepts and technology in traditionally underserved areas,” said Dr. Marshall Drummond, chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District. “We are energized by Southwest’s project, as it gives us an exciting chance to highlight the District’s commitment to building green and to developing a new pipeline of eco-conscious workers for the green workforce.”

The LACCD spends approximately US $12 million annually on energy. LASC spent US $1.8 million in 2007 alone. The first phase of LASC’s green-energy program will allow the college to save the district US $280,000 per year and meet all of the school’s electric needs by generating more than 5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity.

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