California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWR) announced Aug. 31 that construction is underway on a 4.8-MWSunPower Helix Carport solar system at two university parking areas.
CSULB will purchase the power generated by the system under a power purchase agreement that offers competitive rates, enabling the university to offset approximately 15% of campus electrical load.
“With the cost-competitive solar generated by our SunPower systems, the university will control electricity costs and reduce our carbon footprint, serving our goal to achieve climate neutral operations by 2030,” said David Salazar, associate vice president at CSULB.
The SunPower Helix platform is the world’s first fully-integrated solar solution for commercial customers. Available for installation as a carport, on the roof, or as a ground-mounted technology, Helix is a pre-engineered, modular solution designed to deliver more energy and greater reliability than conventional solar products. Since launching the product late last year, SunPower said it has contracted a total of 40 MW of Helix Carport to deliver to customers in the commercial and public sectors.
In addition to generating power, the solar carports at CSULB will provide to the campus community needed shade and electric vehicle chargers with the capacity to charge 50 cars. All of the systems are expected to be operational by the end of next year. CSULB will own the renewable energy credits associated with the systems.
“Cal State Long Beach will benefit from SunPower’s extensive experience working with universities and colleges to provide innovative solar solutions and significant value,” said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units.
CSULB has three operating solar power systems on campus today, but this new SunPower project will be the largest solar power system on campus and within the 23-campus CSU system to date.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America.