Anaheim Convention Center Solar Energy System

In August, 2014, Borrego Solar completed the design and installation of a 2.4MW, $5.7 million roof-mounted solar energy solution at the Anaheim Convention Center for the City of Anaheim and the Anaheim Public Utilities department.

The installation covers 300,000 square feet on the rooftop of three of the center’s exhibit halls. With 7,908 installed solar panels at the time of completion, the installation was the largest city-owned, convention center, roof-mounted solution in North America. The system will generate an estimated 3.6 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually—enough energy to power 600 homes for a year and cover 17% of the convention center’s power needs.

Anaheim Public Utilities is incorporating the project into its renewable energy portfolio, under the added pressure to procure more energy from renewable sources with the passage of California state legislation (CA SB 350), which increased the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 50% by 2030. The installation marks the building’s newest sustainability feature; the LEED-certified convention center maintains a commitment to sustainability through initiatives such as an on-site recycling program, a farm-to- fork culinary program, an on-site composting facility, and a rooftop herb garden.

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