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Solar Energy Project Fact Sheet

Published: August 31, 2017

California State University, Long Beach
Solar Energy Project

Fact Sheet

Project Overview
• System size: 4.75 megawatts – the largest solar installation on any of the 23 California State University campuses

• Project location: parking lots 14 and 7

• Made possible through a Public-Private Partnership (P3) between the university and SunPower

• Financed through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

—A PPA is a type of financial agreement in which a private developer covers most or all of the costs to design, install and maintain a solar energy system on a customer’s property. In return, the customer agrees to purchase the energy produced by the system from the developer for a fixed rate which is locked in for an extended period of time. CSULB has partnered with SunPower, which is covering all of the upfront costs to install the solar panels on campus. Once the panels are operational, CSULB will buy the energy generated on campus from SunPower.

—CSULB will retain ownership of all Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) associated with the project.

• Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers are also being installed as part of the project (see below for more details)

Energy Production
• The energy output of the system at any given time will vary depending on the time of day (or night), weather and season. However, during times of peak production, such as the middle of a sunny summer day, the solar panels will be capable of meeting one-third of the campus’ energy demand.

• Nearly 7.5 million kWh are forecasted to be generated in the first year of operation, which is approximately 15 percent of the energy consumed by campus over the course of a year.

Technology Specs
• Solar panel model: SunPower® E-Series Commercial Solar Panels – E20-435-COM

• A total of 11,040 individual panels are being installed on ground-mounted carport structures across parking lots 7 and 14

• Each panel has 128 Maxeon® Solar Cells

• Individual panel dimensions: 41.2” h x 81.4” w x 1.8” d

• SEE SPEC SHEET for electrical data, tests and certifications, operating conditions and mechanical data

Electric Vehicle Chargers and Parking
• 22 electric vehicle chargers capable of charging two vehicles at a time will be installed as part of the project as follows:

• Parking lot 7: Five (5) chargers (capacity for 10 vehicles)

• Parking Lot 14: Seventeen (17) chargers (capacity for 34 vehicles)

• When added to campus’ existing 4 EV chargers in parking structures 1 and 2, the newly installed EV chargers will bring the total number of EV charging spaces on campus to 48. This number is on par with campuses such as Cal Poly Pomona and UC Davis—which have some of the highest numbers of EV chargers in the CSU and UC systems—but will still represent only around 0.003 percent of all parking spaces at CSULB.

• Infrastructure for additional EV charger capacity is also being installed so that if and when demand for chargers increases in the future, it will not be necessary to dig up the parking lot again to install the electrical infrastructure needed to support those chargers.

• The chargers will be rolled out based on demand to minimize empty vehicle charging spaces which would be used for standard parking.

—Chargers will be available for use starting Jan. 15.

• The policies regarding EV charger use and permitting are still in development and will be announced to the campus community as soon as they are finalized.

Construction Schedule
• The design process for the project began in June 2016. Construction on Lot 7 began in July 2016. Construction on Lot 14 started May 2017.

• The project will be complete on Dec. 1 and the solar panels will be operational on that date.

• The parking lots were open on Aug. 25.

• EV chargers will be available for use on Jan. 15.

Sustainability Goals and Benefits
• The clean energy that will be produced by the system over one year is roughly enough to offset(1):

—12.6 million miles of passenger vehicle emissions

—Co2 emissions from 590,000 gallons of gasoline

—Annual energy consumption of 557 homes

• This solar project contributes directly to climate, sustainability and renewable energy goals, and commitments set by CSULB, the California State University system and the state of California as follows:

—CSULB signed the Second Nature Climate Commitment in 2011 and adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2014 which committed the university to achieving climate neutrality by 2030. Since nearly a quarter of the campus’ greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to purchased electricity, generating more clean energy on campus will reduce the amount of energy the university purchases from the grid, therefore reducing the associated emissions.

—The CSU Sustainability Policy adopted in 2014 established the goals of procuring 33 percent or more of system wide electricity from renewable resources by 2020 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels or below by 2020. This 4.75 megawatt solar project will help the CSU system move closer to both goals.

—The state of California has the most aggressive climate change and renewable energy legislation in the country, with mandates to reduce statewide emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 and calling for 50 percent of the state’s electricity be generated from renewable resources by 2030. The state has also set a goal that 1.5 million zero emissions vehicles must be on California roadways by 2025 and is promoting this goal through a range of vehicle rebates, incentives and initiatives to support the expansion of vehicle charging infrastructure. This project contributes to all of these goals by increasing local renewable energy generation, reducing our campus and system wide emissions, and supporting adoption of zero emissions vehicles.

(1) https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator