Evergreen Valley College, Gilbane Co., a construction
company, and SunPower announced the groundbreaking of a 1.5-megawatt,
ground-mounted solar power project at the Evergreen Valley College campus,
located in San Jose, Calif.
The solar system will generate approximately one-third of
Evergreen Valley College’s electricity demand annually.
“At Evergreen Valley College, while we continue to
provide a quality, comprehensive education to a new generation, we are also
mindful of our global responsibilities and opportunities. These
responsibilities and opportunities include conservation, sustainability,
reducing our carbon footprint and adopting green technology. As an
educational institution, we have the unique opportunity to incorporate these
responsibilities into our Facilities Master Plan, as we plan for the
future,” said Henry Yong, Evergreen Valley College president.
The ground-mounted solar system features the SunPower T0
Tracker and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2012. The
Tracker will utilize approximately 4,816 high-efficiency SunPower E 19 / 320
Solar Panels that generate up to 50 percent more energy than a similarly-sized
system with conventional solar panels.
“SunPower has been working extensively with K-12
schools, community colleges and universities across California to install high
efficiency, high reliability solar power solutions which provide significant
ongoing savings while delivering clean energy,” said SunPower
Managing Director Bill Kelly.
Once installed, Evergreen Valley College will realize
greater return on their SunPower solar investment while reducing long-term
By GreentechLead.com Team