Cal State Bakersfield Unveils Solar Parking Canopy

California State University Bakersfield recently joined a growing number of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. that have invested in solar technology: The school's dean flipped on a 1.2-megawatt solar parking canopy on its campus on Wednesday.
CSUB teamed with SunEdison to implement the photovoltaic array; through a Solar Power Service Agreement, CSUB was able to avoid all upfront costs associated with the system's installation. CSUB will maintain the renewable energy credits generated by the solar panel system and will purchase the clean energy produced from it over a period of 20 years at a fixed rate.

CSUB's president, Dr. Horace Mitchell, affirmed the school set a goal to generate 15 percent of its electricity from renewable resources. "CSUB is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and we are taking tangible steps in several areas to enhance our environmental sustainability," he said. "I'm pleased that, through our partnership with SunEdison, we will be able to exceed this goal as our new solar system will provide between 25 to 30 percent of our total energy use."

The solar panel system is forecast to generate 1.6 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy in its first year of operation.  
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