Yuba College and Borrego Solar Systems Celebrate Operation of 1 Megawatt Solar Carport Project
Yuba College’s solar project will produce 1.5 million kilowatt hours of energy annually, enabling the school to benefit from an avoided $10 million in utility energy costs over the life of the system
Yuba College, a community college part of the Yuba Community College District, today celebrates the completion of a 1 megawatt (MW) solar carport installation expected to result in $10 million of avoided utility costs over the life of the system. The District purchased the solar outright, which resulted in optimal savings. The solar shade structure installations at Yuba College will offset nearly 28,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents over the next 25 years, which is the same amount sequestered by nearly 33,000 acres of U.S. forest in a year.
“The YCCD Governing Board and leadership is committed to reducing our carbon footprint for our students and community. This is the environmentally responsible action to take and it will result in substantial cost savings that will lower our operating costs,” said Dr. Douglas Houston, Chancellor. “Additionally, the District’s use of Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs) to finance this project allows the District to apply Measure J General Obligation Bond funds to other important and needed facilities projects that directly impact student success.”
The project is expected to produce nearly 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of energy in the first year, which is the equivalent to the amount needed to power approximately 260 average homes in California annually. The energy produced from the Yuba College solar carport system together with its other solar project at Woodland Community College, is enough to offset 100% of the District’s electric energy use with solar power.
Borrego Solar Systems, the largest private commercial solar developer and installer nationwide, built Yuba College’s system. The solar energy system is comprised of 2,424 LG Electronics panels. Yuba College is also installing an energy storage unit as part of their clean energy initiative, which will help save the facility on utility demand charges. The system is expected to be installed and operational by next winter.
The Yuba Community College District and Borrego Solar celebrated completion of the system on April 11 at a ribbon cutting ceremony and speeches by Yuba College President, Dr. Javaheripour, and YCCD Trustee Brent Hastey.
The Yuba Community College District (YCCD) spans eight counties and nearly 4,192 square miles of territory in rural, north-central California. Yuba College and Woodland Community College, offer degrees, certificates and transfer curricula at college campuses in Marysville and Woodland, educational centers in Clearlake and Yuba City, and through outreach operations in Williams and on Beale Air Force Base. The two colleges in Yolo County and Yuba County and the campuses in Clearlake, Colusa, and Sutter Counties, serve 13,000 students across the northern Sacramento Valley.