Point Loma Nazarene University Announces Plan to Build a 450 kW Solar Energy System on Campus
San Diego, CA—April 16, 2008—Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) announced today plans to build a 450 kW solar energy system on its campus. What began as a student research project on the viability of solar energy for PLNU soon developed into a collaborative effort between students, staff and faculty that resulted in an official Request for Proposal and bidding process. With construction slated to begin this July, this will be the first large commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) system for a San Diego university.
After an extensive competitive proposal review process, PLNU selected SPG Solar, Inc. to design and install the solar energy system which will produce 80 percent of the peak energy for six major PLNU buildings: Bond Academic Center, Cooper Music Center, Fermanian School of Business, Golden Gym, Goodwin Hall, and Hendricks Hall. In total, more than 50 percent of the buildings’ annual electricity costs will be offset by clean, solar power. The 450 kW system, comprised entirely of Kyocera solar modules, will also reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by 586 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually that would have been emitted from a traditional fossil-fuel power plant – the equivalent to removing 110 cars off the road for one year or requiring 130 acres of trees to absorb that much CO2.
PLNU was able to finance the system through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) provided by Solar Power Partners, Inc. (SPP). Under the PPA, SPP will own the solar system for 20 years and sell the clean energy generated by the system to PLNU at a cost below present utility rates. PLNU has no upfront capital costs for the system and enjoys fixed electricity rates for 20 years.
"These are exciting times for Point Loma Nazarene University. One of PLNU’s core values is the ‘stewardship of resources.’ The faculty, students and alumni have wholeheartedly embraced the charge to reduce our carbon footprint and adopt a movement for a more sustainable campus. This solar panel project moves us closer to our goal of being a carbon neutral campus," said Bob Brower, Ph.D., PLNU’s president.
The 450 kW photovoltaic system will serve as the first wave of solar for PLNU, with hopes to install additional systems throughout the campus. Solar power is the latest step in a series of efforts to make the PLNU campus more sustainable, starting with the initiation of a comprehensive single-stream recycling and composting program in 2003. PLNU also has a president-appointed Resource Stewardship Task Force and a full-time sustainability coordinator. In 2007, PLNU signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment and chose all new building and remodeling projects to be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver qualifications.
“It’s been exciting to see PLNU’s leadership in sustainability develop to the point where corporations and other universities are using our program as a model for their green efforts,” said PLNU’s sustainability coordinator Kristin Hansen. “We’ve given tours of our recycling and food composting programs to both public and private institutions. The solar panel installation will also serve as a model in sustainable practices to our community.”
About Point Loma Nazarene University
Point Loma Nazarene University is a selective liberal arts university located in San Diego, California and sits on a 90 acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In addition to more than 50 undergraduate areas of study, PLNU offers graduate program regional centers in Bakersfield, Arcadia, Mission Valley (San Diego) and the Inland Empire. Founded in 1902, PLNU serves nearly 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students through a distinctive mission of educational and service commitments.
PLNU Environmental Awards and Recognitions:
2008 Environmental Services Department Recycler of the Year Award
2006 RecycleMania Waste Minimization Award
2006 WRAP Waste Reduction and Recycling Award
2005 WRAP Waste Reduction and Recycling Award
2005 Environmental Services Department Waste Reduction and Recycling Award
2004 WRAP Waste Reduction and Recycling Award
2004 Environmental Services Department Recycler of the Year Award
About SPG Solar, Inc.
With full service facilities in Novato, Windsor, Oceanside, Vacaville, and Oroville, California, SPG Solar, Inc. is the industry's leading integrated developer, designer, and installer of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for homes, schools, businesses, agriculture and large-scale commercial and government facilities. SPG Solar has built over 1,000 solar PV systems in California alone including Copeland Creek Senior Affordable Housing, Fireside Affordable Housing, Mt. Tam Racquet Club, Throckmorton Ridge Fire Station, and Kentfield School District – the first all solar school district in the U.S. SPG Solar is committed to building the highest-performing solar PV systems with the highest return on investment.
Contact SPG Solar at 760.435.0767 or www.spgsolar.com