San Diego Christian College (SDC) installed and activated their first set of solar panels in an effort to operate energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable buildings. The project is part of the institution’s initiative to support the Santee community by utilizing clean, renewable electricity and reducing harmful emissions and waste.
In May and June 2015, SDC partnered with Foshay Solar Energy to install a total of 179 combined panels on the roofs of three campus buildings and 987 panels in the parking lot – equating to half of an acre of coverage, as well as a four EV (electric vehicle) charging stations.
The Photovoltaic Grid-Interactive system uses the light from the sun to generate electricity and feeds it into the main electricity grid to power the buildings. The institution foresees these 255-watt panels providing the vast majority of SDC’s annual electrical use.
“This is the beginning of renewable energy for San Diego Christian and our continued commitment to be environmental stewards in the Santee community,” said Dr. Paul Ague, president of San Diego Christian. “Innovation means working with what we have to create something new – and in this case, we’re going green by using the power of the sun to reduce energy expenses and generate clean electricity.”
SDC has plans to build out the campus to include residential housing, athletic facilities and multipurpose venues with renewable energy being at the forefront of the designs. This project was financed by Figtree Financing under a recent state and federal legislated program referred to as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). The project was managed by Land & Design, Inc. from concept to finalized solution.