PowerLight System Tops California Government Building

The California Department of General Services (DGS) and the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) have unveiled the largest state-owned solar electric rooftop installation in California at the FTB’s headquarters in Sacramento.

Sacramento, California – August 28, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The 470 kW solar system, generating enough electricity during the day to power the equivalent of more than 400 homes, will supply the Franchise Tax Board with nearly half of its energy needs, reducing electricity purchases from the grid during peak demand periods. The system, which covers 50,000 square-feet of roof area, was designed, manufactured and installed by PowerLight Corporation of Berkeley, California. “By deploying clean, Renewable Energy systems at state buildings, this Administration is preserving natural resources and contributing to the state’s energy solution,” said Aileen Adams, Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency (SCSA). “This installation demonstrates that solar-generated electricity is reliable, affordable, and ready to meet mainstream energy needs.” The new solar electric system at the FTB headquarters will reduce the facility’s consumption of grid-generated electricity during the day when electricity is in greatest demand and most expensive. By not relying on typical generation methods, this solar-powered installation is anticipated to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides by more than 9,000 pounds and carbon dioxide by more than 11,000 tons during its 25-year lifespan. “The DGS is committed to reducing energy use and costs at state facilities. Onsite solar electric generation is a major component in helping us meet that goal,” said DGS Interim Director Clothilde Hewlett. “This project comes on the heels of our East End Complex project in Sacramento, which features some 5,000 solar panels to help off-set the electrical demand there.” The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and State of California shared in the funding of the system, which was installed in less than six weeks. SMUD helps fund solar projects to promote Renewable Energy resources and to provide a diverse energy mix to its customers who want a cleaner environment. “Projects like this one benefit far more people than just those who work in this building,” said SMUD Director Susan Patterson. “The more solar electric systems we are able to install, the less expensive they become and as a community, the less dependent we will be on conventional energy sources.” In addition to this PV system, the FTB and the DGS are planning to commission an expansion of the existing solar array, as well as to install an additional PV system on a nearby Franchise Tax Board facility currently under construction in Sacramento.
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