First Ronald McDonald House in California goes solar

The installation was completed by Canadian Solar Inc. and Heliopower, and contains 518 polycrystalline modules. The companies say that the solar electric system will produce an average of 147,846 kilowatt hours (kW/h) per year. The environmental offset, they continue, is equivalent to curtailing the release of 151,420 pounds of carbon dioxide each year, or planting 554 new trees and sequestering the carbon dioxide over their lifetime.

"The Ronald McDonald House ensures families in San Diego receive the necessities they need as they care for their sick child, and we are so pleased to be able to provide our high-quality modules to this pivotal community facility," said Mike Miskovsky, U.S. general manager of Canadian Solar, Inc. "Through its leadership in California implementing a renewable energy solution, the Ronald McDonald House of San Diego will reap significant financial savings while contributing to environmental sustainability for years to come."

"Ronald McDonald House decided to pursue solar energy to create a healthy and sustainable environment for the children and families we serve, and to help greatly offset power costs," added Bill Lennartz, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House of San Diego. "Our partners have been vital to our success as a resource to families in some of the most challenging times of their lives, and we are excited to now be producing clean solar energy to help us provide care to even more families."