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Cal State Fullerton installs 1.16 megawatt solar power systems on campus

The first solar-powered EV charging station at a CSU campus is part of the university’s sustainability efforts.

by Kristina WongPublished: January 17, 2012 06:45 AM

Today, Cal State Fullerton hosted a flip-the-switch event in celebration of the completion of three solar-power systems, each 1.16 megawatts in size, installed on the rooftops of two CSU Fullerton buildings – the Clayes Performing Arts Center and Kinesiology and Health Science Building – as well as the Eastside Parking Structure carport.

With the help of Southern California Edison, AECOM Technology Corp., REC Solar, Charge Harbor and Coulomb Technologies, the Cal State University’s installation also involves the first solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at a CSU campus, in an effort to conserve and produce energy from renewable sources.

“By installing electric vehicle charging stations from Charge Harbor LLC, CSU Fullerton enables everyone on campus to participate in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Ryan Grady, president of Charge Harbor LLC. “Commuting to campus in a plug-in vehicle can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 70 percent. We are honored to be part of this effort.”

The installation of CSUF’s solar systems will result in 1.6 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually for the campus. This is equivalent to reducing 26,422 tons of greenhouse gas emissions or eliminating 5,181 passenger vehicles from the road over the next 25 years. As part of the 16 Cal State University sites with a total of 20 megawatts of solar power in the state, CSUF continues to think solution toward sustainability. 

“California’s continued economic, environmental and social prosperity depends on sustainable energy and technology,” said Dr. Willie Hagan, interim president of CSUF. “With today’s celebratory completion of the California State University, Fullerton installation, we are demonstrating our commitment to derive more of our energy from renewable sources. A fiscally responsible endeavor, CSUF is saving energy and reducing costs, while setting the bar for other universities to aspire to.”

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