Victor Valley College Photovoltaic Implementation

Victor Valley College

Victor Valley, California

In early 2009, Victor Valley Community College was looking for a way to reduce its carbon footprint and alleviate its strained operating budget in the face of significant anticipated budget cuts from the State. The College asked gkkworks for help in evaluating several options, including identifying available and applicable technologies, and reviewing proposals from a number of solar companies. Our comprehensive approach included a thorough financial and technical analysis of the site, the College infrastructure, available technologies, operations and maintenance, system performance, procurement options, and financial incentives. gkkworks devised a strategy that enabled the College to bypass a lengthy procurement process and utilize a competitive "best value" design-build selection delivery method. Utilizing the Request for Proposal (RFP) that gkkworks developed, the College selected SolFocus to design and construct a one megawatt solar plant on campus. The solar plant is expected to pay for itself through energy savings within five years and pump almost $20 million back into the college's general fund over 25 years. The energy savings and incentive credits will offer the college a steady source of income as the State looks to make deep cuts to close billions of dollars in shortfalls over the next several years.

 

 

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