California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Victor Valley College and SolFocus announced that they are installing a 1-megawatt (MW) system of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems for the college in Victorville, California. The solar facility will produce 2.5 million kilowatt hours per year, roughly 30 percent of the college’s electricity demand.
Construction on the six acre plant is currently underway on the college’s main campus, and consists of 122 8.4 kW arrays. When the solar plant is completed in May, it will be the largest energy facility of its kind in North America. Funding for the project was provided in part by a capital construction bond, Measure JJ, approved by voters in November 2008 along with other capital funds.
The college will also benefit from around US $4 million paid over five years through performance based incentives as part of the California Solar Initiative (CSI) program.
“After reviewing several options for a solar provider, SolFocus demonstrated that it could deliver the best value in solar energy for the college,” said Victor Valley College president Dr. Robert Silverman. “This project can be a model for other colleges and universities in meeting energy needs and supporting a green jobs economy.”
SolFocus’ proprietary mirrors reflect the sun’s rays 500 times onto a solar cell, which enables the system to produce solar power with panel conversion efficiency levels of 25 percent.
The company expanded its production in April 2009, signaling demand that marks the transition of CPV from the research and development stage to commercialization.