Crafton Hills College Receives Incentive Payment for Solar Farm from SoCal Edison
Southern California Edison (SCE) Region Manager for Local Public Affairs and former San Bernardino Community College District (District) Trustee Beverly Powell presented the District with a check for $1,830,000 at the District Board of Trustees meeting on March 15. The multi-million dollar award was a California Solar Initiative Incentive for the Crafton Hills College Solar Farm project
Powell thanked District Chancellor Bruce Baron and Crafton Hills College President Gloria Harrison for recognizing the value of the Solar Farm project to the community and the District from a sustainability standpoint and making it a priority in the District’s capital improvement program. Crafton Hills Vice President Mike Strong, District Vice Chancellor Charlie Ng and Gary Weinstein, Project Manager with Kitchell-BRj-Seville, were acknowledged by the Board and SCE for their strong support in making the Solar Farm a reality.
The incentive will be paid out over a five year period, based on the performance of the new system, which is expected to produce approximately 2.9million kilowatt-hours annually. When the annual incentive payment is combined with an annual cost avoidance of over $400,000 for energy that the College will not have to purchase, Crafton and the District will benefit in the amount of almost $800,000/year for the first five years, and over $400,000/year thereafter.
The incentive will be paid out monthly; more during the sunny months and less during the cloudy months, but the aggregate after five years will be $1.83 million. Real time power data is transmitted to SCE continuously. It is calculated for each billing cycle and a check will be issued at about the same time as the College is billed.
This project is a 1.3 mW (megawatt) Concentrator Photovoltaic system that will produce 90-95% of the campus’s electrical energy needs. The project is part of the continuing renovations and expansions at Crafton Hills College provided by the Measure M Bond passed by the voters in the San Bernardino Community College District service area in 2008, California Community Colleges-Investor Owned Utilities (CCC-IOU) Partnership incentive program, and other financial programs such as the California Solar Initiative.
The system consists of 140 arrays spread out over 6-7 acres at the campus, roughly located about the areas of the old golf course. The budget for this project is $7.4 million dollars and will pay for itself in less than 8 years. The project begins the design process in December and construction will start in February, 2012. The Solar Farm will be dedicated on April 25.
President Gloria Macías Harrison noted, “This project ushers in the future at Crafton – demonstrating our commitment to sustainability and protecting the environment. The Solar Farm will help us protect our beautiful, lush campus, which is so aptly called “The Emerald on the Hill.”
The San Bernardino Community College District Sustainability Plan defines sustainability as “using, developing, and protecting resources at a rate and manner that provides for the ability to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
For additional information on the event, please contact Alisa Sparkia Moore, District and CHC Public Information Officer at 909-389-3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the array and the solar farm, please contact Gary Weinstein with Kitchell-BRj-Seville at 909-863-4103 or at email@example.com.
Front row: Crafton President Gloria Harrison, Beverly Powell (SCE), Chancellor Bruce Baron, Trustee Donna Ferracone
Second row: Vice Chancellor Charlie Ng, Trustee James Ramos, Trustee Don Singer, Matthew Pagano, Jr., (SCE), Trustee John Futch, SBVC Interim President Larry Buckley
Third row: Trustee Jess Viscaino, Gary Weinstein (Kitchell), Student Trustee Chris Walsh, Scott Stark (District), Trustee John Longville, Student Trustee Jaime Sanchez
First solar array being completed on the hills above Crafton Hills College. The dedication of the completed array will be on April 25 at noon.