California State University Bakersfield (CSUB) and Sun Edison LLC, a solar energy services provider and a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, have completed and activated a 1.2 MW solar parking canopy located on the CSUB campus.
The solar parking canopy was made possible through a Solar Power Service Agreement (SPSA) between CSUB and SunEdison that required no up-front costs from the university. CSUB will purchase the clean energy produced over a period of 20 years to offset its demand from the utility grid. CSUB will also retain the renewable energy credits generated by the production of energy from the solar parking canopy.
The project is expected to generate more than 1.6 million kWh of clean energy in the first year of operation and produce over 30 million kWh over 20 years.