ForeFront Power and State Center Community College District (SCCCD) in California announce the development of 7.5MW of solar canopy systems across five campuses in Fresno, Clovis, Madera, and Reedley.
This solar portfolio will support SCCCD's mission to provide safe, inclusive, and supportive learning environments to students. The District will receive reliable renewable energy at a flat rate and expects to save up to $18 million in energy costs over twenty years. Over 11.5 million kWh of annual solar production will offset about 54 percent of their current usage.
"State Center Community College District is excited to bring renewable energy to our campuses across the Central Valley," said SCCCD Chancellor Paul Parnell. "These parking canopies from ForeFront Power will be used for educational purposes, reduce our carbon footprint, allow us to be responsive to student requests for clean energy and charging stations, and save the District money."
The swift execution of such a significant solar project portfolio after the transition to its new parent company, Mitsui & Co. Ltd., highlights ForeFront Power's efficiency and expertise in developing new projects. These projects reflect the ForeFront Power team's well-earned reputation for being the go-to source in the CA public sector for delivery of solar canopy systems that are properly financed, designed, built, and maintained.
Through the Power Purchase Agreement with ForeFront Power, SCCCD will receive solar energy at no upfront cost or use of bond funds. SCCCD selected ForeFront Power as part of the School Project for Utility Rate Reduction's (SPURR) Renewable Energy Aggregated Procurement (REAP) Program that allows schools, colleges, and public agencies in California to save time and money on their procurement and energy costs.
"ForeFront Power is thrilled to be working with SCCCD," stated CEO Rafael Dobrzynski. "These projects represent our commitment to the public sector in California and our ability to work with trusted development partners like SPURR."
These five solar projects are expected to reach completion by the end of 2017. Their estimated annual generation represents the equivalent of 9,039 tons of carbon dioxide avoidance or 1,732 cars taken off the road for a year – per the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.
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