Cal State Fullerton is installing 5,000 solar panels and saving $8 million on their electricity bills. The system will have a combined rating greater than 1MW of power, and will be installed at 4 sites around campus. Additionally, the system will remove a total of 16,000 tons of CO2 emissions for the campus over the 25-year life of the panels.
With the prospect of a carbon price in California soon, the University is looking to make even more money from it’s solar solution. “If we used an average value for CO2 offsets, this would equate to an approximate value of an additional $1.5 million of savings to the campus that would bring the total value of the Solar PV Project to $9.5 million to the campus,” said Doug Kind, manager of commissioning and energy at the Physical Plant.

Schools and colleges going solar have had some tough love lately, so it is great to see Cal State going through with this money-saving leadership move at Fullerton. Students will be inspired by it and so am I. Shine on and thanks to Kamy West at the Daily Titan, CSU Fullerton’s student newspaper for this California Brightspot!

-Danny Kennedy

Posted by Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy co-founded Sungevity and now serves as strategic advisor. He is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and Planet - from Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation.