SolarWorld has begun construction on solar carports totaling 537 kW of capacity at four public parks in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The four carports are expected to generate a total of 17.3 GWh of electricity per year.
SolarWorld's engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) division, based in Camarillo, Calif., is overseeing the project. SolarWorld and partner Sustainable Power Group (sPower) have provided the project's financing through a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Conejo Recreation and Parks District (CRPD). Under the PPA, SolarWorld will construct, install, maintain and operate the four solar carports. In return, the CRPD will purchase the electricity they generate.
The solar canopies will be built in parking lots of CRPD's top four energy-consuming facilities: Borchard Community Park, Dos Vientos Community Park, Thousand Oaks Community Park and Conejo Creek South Park. The carport arrays, ranging from 71 kW to nearly 170 kW, include SolarWorld's 270 W solar panels. Aside from generating clean power, the carports will provide covered parking for park visitors.
‘We are excited to start this project,’ says Tom Hare, CRPD's administrator for parks and planning. ‘In addition to wanting to secure cost savings, we feel it is important that CRPD promote energy efficiency.’