SunEdison turns on 1.2 MW solar parking canopy at university

The solar parking canopy was made possible through a Solar Power Service Agreement between CSUB and SunEdison that required no upfront costs from the university

Beltsville, Md., February 9, 2011 — Representatives of California State University Bakersfield and SunEdison celebrated the activation of a 1.2 MW solar parking canopy located on the CSUB campus.

The solar parking canopy was made possible through a Solar Power Service Agreement between CSUB and SunEdison that required no upfront costs from the university.

CSUB will purchase the renewable energy produced over a period of 20 years to offset their demand from the utility grid. CSUB will also retain the renewable energy credits generated by the production of clean energy from the solar parking canopy.

CSUB officials said the solar canopy will supply about 25 percent of the university's energy needs.

The 1.2 MW solar parking canopy will generate over 1.6 million kWh of energy in the first year of operation and produce over 30 million kWh over 20 years. The solar parking canopy will offset more than 29 million pounds of carbon dioxide over the initial 20 years of operation — the equivalent of taking 2,800 cars off the road.

The activation of the 1.2 MW solar parking canopy marks the eighth solar power deployment for the CSU system by SunEdison, totaling more than 4.3 MW of solar capacity.

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