SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Evergreen Valley College, Gilbane Co., a full-service construction company, and SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR), today announced the groundbreaking of a 1.5-megawatt, ground-mounted solar power project at the Evergreen Valley College campus, located in San Jose, Calif. The high-efficiency solar system will generate approximately one-third of Evergreen Valley College's electricity demand annually.
"At Evergreen Valley College, while we continue to provide a quality, comprehensive education to a new generation, we are also mindful of our global responsibilities and opportunities. These responsibilities and opportunities include conservation, sustainability, reducing our carbon footprint and adopting green technology. As an educational institution, we have the unique opportunity to incorporate these responsibilities into our Facilities Master Plan, as we plan for the future," stated Henry Yong, Evergreen Valley College president.
The ground-mounted solar system features the SunPower™ T0 Tracker and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2012. The Tracker will utilize approximately 4,816 high-efficiency SunPower™ E 19 / 320 Solar Panels that generate up to 50 percent more energy than a similarly-sized system with conventional solar panels.
"SunPower has been working extensively with K-12 schools, community colleges and universities across California to install high efficiency, high reliability solar power solutions which provide significant ongoing savings while delivering clean energy," said SunPower Managing Director Bill Kelly. "Once installed, Evergreen Valley College will realize greater return on their SunPower solar investment while reducing long-term operational costs."
SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) designs, manufactures and delivers the highest efficiency, highest reliability solar panels and systems available today. Residential, business, government and utility customers rely on the company's quarter century of experience and guaranteed performance to provide maximum return on investment throughout the life of the solar system. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. For more information, visit www.SunPowercorp.com.
About Evergreen Valley College
At Evergreen Valley College, a community college located on a 175-acre site in the eastern foothills of San Jose, we take great pride in our approach to education. We place our students' realities first. For instance, will they need help with their language skills? Are they carrying other responsibilities like children or full-time jobs? Are they the first in their family to graduate from college? To all learners--those directly out of high school, in mid-career or mid-family transitions, and those who are enjoying their golden years--we offer a supportive environment that values their intrinsic experiences. For additional information, visit www.evc.edu.
About Gilbane Co.
Gilbane Inc. (http://www.gilbaneco.com) is one of the largest construction and program managers in the nation, providing a full slate of facilities-related services for clients in the life sciences, transportation, healthcare, convention/cultural, government, educational, mission-critical, corporate, sports/recreational, and criminal justice markets.
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