Shell Solar, a global producer and marketer of photovoltaic cells, panels and systems, announced today that it has completed installation of 3,000 photovoltaic panels at California State University, Northridge, US. The installation is expected to save the institution US$50,000 a year in electricity costs, and is thought to be one of the largest at an American public university.
The solar panels can generate 75 watts each, producing a peak energy generating capacity of
225 kilowatts. They are installed as canopies that also provide shade in the car park. Peak production will be achieved precisely when it is needed most in Southern California — between one o’clock and five o’clock on hot summer afternoons.
The power will be fed directly into the electricity grid serving the 353-acre campus, which is located in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, reducing carbon emissions by an amount equal to that emitted by 36 average passenger cars driving 20,000 miles per year.
Shell Solar is part of Shell Renewables, the business established by the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies to develop commercial opportunities in renewable energy. Shell Solar’s headquarters are in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.