Campus: CSU Hayward -- April 16, 2004
CSUH Solar Electric System Qualifies For Record Solar Rebate from PG&E
Cal State Hayward holds one of the largest collections of solar electric
panels in Northern California, and is benefiting from a record $3.4
million rebate from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
CSUH’s solar-electric system is estimated to generate 1.45 million
kilowatt hours of electricity in a year – enough to serve 255
average homes. The rooftop systems are spread across four campus buildings.
During peak periods, the system provides 30 percent of the university’s
energy needs – saving about $200,000 a year in energy costs.
Anlin Ting-Mason, PG&E’s vice president of business systems
and energy programs, presented an oversized check to Cal State Hayward
President Norma S. Rees at a ceremony today overlooking the solar panels
on the physical education building. The $3,443,388 rebate is the largest
single solar rebate ever awarded by PG&E, exceeding the previous
top rebate by more than $1 million.
“The president, trustees and employees of Cal State Hayward have
demonstrated an important lesson in the power of renewable energy and
clean, on-site generation,” said Ting-Mason. “PG&E is
proud to support this project that will provide environmental and financial
benefit for decades.”
“We’re thrilled that solar power is being deployed at Cal
State Hayward,” said Rees. “With this solar electric installation,
Cal State Hayward will have a cost-effective, reliable, non-polluting
system that we’re told will reduce our electricity bill by $200,000
annually. We hope to set an example for the entire CSU system, as well
as universities across the country.”
Solar energy will provide the university with operational flexibility,
according to Richard Metz, vice president, Administration and Business
Affairs for Cal State Hayward.
“Solar energy will enable us to generate our own power, especially
during the summer months when electricity prices are the highest and
the grid is most constrained,” Metz said. “The system will
give the university a hedge against the fluctuating costs of energy
and related supplies and will lower annual maintenance costs and increase
the life of the buildings.”
PowerLight Corporation installed the system.
“By investing in on-site solar generation, Cal State Hayward is
effectively reducing its purchases of expensive peak electricity and
doing its part to address California’s ongoing energy challenges,”
said PowerLight president Dan Shugar. “In addition to generating
electricity, PowerLight's solar system provides thermal insulation and
protects the roof from weather and UV radiation. These benefits result
in decreased heating and cooling energy costs and extended roof life.”
Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s self-generation incentive program
is providing the financial incentive, which covers up to half the cost
of clean, on-site electric generating systems. The program allows utility
customers installing on-site generation to obtain rebates to help offset
the costs associated with either solar, wind, fuel cell, micro turbine
or internal combustion engine cogeneration systems.
Media Contact: Barry Zepel, Office of Public Affairs,