California Institute of Technology adds 800 kW of solar across campus buildings

Standard solar energy will own and operate a portfolio of solar systems installed on California Institute of Technology (Caltech) rooftops. The project was developed by EMCOR Services Mesa Energy.

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Eight other rooftops on Caltech’s campus buildings now provide 800 kW of solar power. The buildings include Bechtel Residence, Bridge, Downs Luritsen, Hameetman, Keith Spalding, Parsons Gates, South Mud and Synchrotron.

“This project represents the culmination of a decade-long vision to expand rooftop solar on the Caltech campus,” said Maximilian Christman, Caltech’s sustainability manager. “Our Pasadena campus now houses 2 MW of onsite solar capacity, furthering our carbon reduction efforts and ultimately carbon neutrality.”

The system will generate approximately 1,328 MWh in its first year of operation.

“What better way to bolster our California asset portfolio than by providing the funds needed to help one of its leading educational institutions reduce its reliance on non-renewable energy sources,” said Shaun Laughlin, head of US Strategic Development, Standard Solar. “Caltech sets a standard that other learning centers and organizations should follow.”

Construction on all eight projects has been completed – seven are in operation and one awaits final permission to operate from the utility.

“EMCOR Services Mesa Energy was pleased to help support Caltech’s sustainability goals by partnering with Standard Solar to design, develop and build this innovative solar energy project,” said Robert Lake, president of EMCOR Services Mesa Energy. “Our relationship with Caltech has spanned more than 10 years and has contributed to numerous energy-saving programs, with this project reflecting the most recent major energy initiative on campus. We applaud Caltech’s vision to work for a cleaner environment for everyone.”

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