Contra Costa Community College District has completed the first phase of the largest solar power installation ever constructed for a college or university in North America. The Chevron Energy project is part of a program expected to save CCCCD more than $70 million over 25 years. The cost is being offset in rebates and other incentives administered by PG&E.
The solar installation part of that program involves a 3.2-megawatt solar power generation system comprised of photovoltaic panels mounted on 34 parking canopies in six parking lots at three colleges. The installation is expected to generate four million kilowatt-hours of power each year.
Last year, Chevron completed a large solar installation at Fresno State.
Solar panels have found a promising new place in the sun on canopies above parking lots that surround commercial and industrial buildings