Funded by Wells Fargo through a joint program announced in November, the goal is to provide over USD$100 million in funding to photovoltaics (PV) projects by the end of the year. GCL-Poly subsidiary GCL Solar Energy, Inc. completed the installations.
The first installation, a 1.2 MW rooftop system located at the University of San Diego, is comprised of nearly 5,000 solar panels and is spread across the universitys academic buildings, residence halls, parking structure and a pavilion. Said to be the tenth-largest solar facility on a college campus in the country, it was developed under GCL Solars partnership with Amsolar. The system is expected to provide approximately 15 percent of the institutions energy needs.
Furthermore, five projects, ranging from 200 kilowatts to 1.2 MW each, were completed last December for the Antelope Valley Joint Union High School District. Part of a series of projects at 10 schools in the greater Los Angeles area, the remaining systems are expected to be completed early this year.
Both the University of San Diego and the Antelope Valley Joint Union High School District projects are the first to be completed under the joint program. They will purchase the electricity produced by the systems under long term power purchase agreements.