Establishing a multi-building corporate property as a solar campus is a common sense way to tap into large areas of unused rooftop and parking lot space for the purpose of solar generation. Once a solar campus is operational the company can rejoice in its brown energy reduction while contributing to a long-term facility investment. The solar campus is one of the more interesting forms of distributed generation because all available area is being used for onsite energy production.
When creating a solar campus, there are a few steps that need to take place. First and foremost, the customer needs to decide they are committed to reducing their electricity expenses. Blue Oak Energy can then work with the customer to design a solution that will bring/ensure/reap the desired financial benefits. Our analysts and engineers will then look at the electrical interconnection points and the available space for solar arrays on rooftops, in parking lots (for solar carports) and open land for ground mounted solar arrays.
Once all the preparatory pieces are in place, the engineering team at Blue Oak can design the implementation plan and ultimately begin installing a solar campus system. The variety of solar arrays located on rooftops, carports and open property will create what we call a solar campus.
Before or After?
While it is becoming more common for solar to be incorporated into new construction plans, solar is still, for the most part, an afterthought. This means we will usually be looking at the building or campus after construction is complete and attempting to find a solution to accommodate the solar.
While it is unlikely that the output from a solar array can completely extinguish the annual energy consumption of a high energy corporate environment, a commercial solar energy system will greatly reduce peak loads and provide a significant financial return to the host customer.
Why hire Blue Oak Energy for your next solar campus project?
When implementing a solar campus, there are many factors and challenges that can impede progress; Blue Oak Energy has the experience and know-how to navigate these complex issues and contingencies. A case in point is http://www.blueoakenergy.com/case-studies-google Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA. When we engineered the solar rooftop systems and carport solar arrays for Google, we were dealing with a unique scenario. The entire main campus has a single utility company meter which fed a medium voltage distribution loop around the campus. On the Google project, we learned to work with a distributed interconnection architecture across a solar campus project.
We have had similar challenges at several http://www.blueoakenergy.com/case-studies-navfac Naval Facilities campuses, as well as with other corporate campuses such as Fortinet in Santa Clara, CA. To get a better idea of what a solar campus can do, take a look at Blue Oak Energy’s
http://www.blueoakenergy.com/portfolio portfolio of completed solar campuses. Solar campuses are a smart way to reduce energy costs, and when combined with solar carports, the possibilities are even greater.