Sierra College inks solar contract |

Sierra College inks solar contract

Construction on Sierra College’s long-awaited solar project is slated to begin next spring.

The college’s board of trustees recently approved a contract with San Diego-based Borrego Solar to install arrays at the school’s Nevada County and Rocklin campuses.

The solar program is expected to save the school an estimated $49,500 in its first year and up to $3.8 million over the next 25 years in energy costs.

“We are very excited and really glad this project is moving forward,” said Stephanie Ortiz, dean of the Nevada County Campus. “Between the energy savings and the environmental benefits, it’s really quite exciting to put this in place.”

The arrays will account for 68 percent of the power supplied to both campuses, according to college officials.

The work on the project is expected to conclude within a year.

The deal with Borrego is structured so that Borrego pays for and builds the solar arrays and sells the electricity to Sierra College. The initial contract is for six years.

The college has no immediate plans to expand its solar usage beyond the two arrays, said Michael Kane, an assistant dean at the college who has been working on the solar committee.

The arrays will serve a dual purpose, he said. Sierra College’s photovoltaics classes will receive hands-on learning as the solar arrays are installed, Kane said.

Those courses are offered at both campuses, Ortiz added.

To contact Staff Writer Kyle Magin, e-mail or call (530) 477-4239.

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