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 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 792 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.
About Yuba Community College District (YCCD)
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. For more information about YCCD, please visit the website at https://www.yccd.edu/
About Borrego Solar
Established in 1980, Borrego Solar Systems Inc. is a top commercial solar company and now an energy storage company providing turnkey development, design, construction, financing and operations and maintenance services. Borrego Solar is a market leader nationally, with more than 500 MW installed. The company’s mission is to solve the world's energy problems by accelerating the adoption of renewable energy. Its people are committed to excellence in every aspect of distributed generation design, construction and operation. For more information, visitwww.borregosolar.com.