PowerLight to Install 1.05 MW Array

The largest solar electric system at any university in the world – and one of the largest solar energy systems in the nation – will be installed at California State University, Hayward this summer.

Hayward, California – May 9, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The project was authorized by the board of trustees of the California State University system on March 12, and is awaiting additional internal campus approval. The 1.05 MW solar electric system, to be manufactured and installed by northern California-based PowerLight Corporation, will provide a clean, reliable, cost-effective source of electricity, leveraging the area’s abundant sunlight. The on-site solar generation system will deliver approximately 30 percent of the campus’ peak electricity demand during the summer months. Cal State Hayward’s solar system, covering over 110,000 square feet, will feature both rooftop and ground-mounted installations, using currently unused rooftop and land space. The solar rooftop array will be installed on three of the university’s largest buildings; Physical Education, Music and Business and Meiklejohn Hall. The ground-mounted solar tracking system, which captures up to 30 percent more energy than fixed systems by following the sun, will be installed in an unused field. “We’re thrilled that solar power is being deployed at Cal State Hayward,” Norma S. Rees, CSUH president said. “With this solar electric installation, Cal State Hayward will have a cost-effective, reliable, non-polluting system that will reduce our electricity bill by US$200,000 annually, and contribute to the region’s overall environmental health. We hope to set an example for the entire CSU system, as well as universities across the country.” The Cal State solar project will generate roughly 1,450,000 kWh annually, producing enough electricity in the daytime to power more than 1,000 homes. Construction is expected to be completed on the campus buildings by July 2003. “By investing in on-site solar generation, Cal State Hayward is effectively reducing its purchases of expensive peak electricity and doing its part to address California’s ongoing energy challenges,” said PowerLight president Dan Shugar. “Cal State Hayward is helping our nation reduce its reliance on foreign oil and increasing our energy security. In addition to generating electricity, PowerLight’s solar rooftop system provides thermal insulation and protects the roof from weather and UV radiation. These benefits result in decreased heating and cooling energy costs and extended roof life.”

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