Borrego Solar built Barstow Community College’s 885 kilowatt (kW) single-axis tracking solar array on an unused five-acre land parcel next to the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the softball field on campus. The $2.5 million installation, which Barstow Community College purchased outright with General Funds, is expected to deliver an estimated $7.8 million in energy savings over the first 25 years of its operation enabling the school to expect net savings of $5.3 million.
The system will generate more than two million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually — enough to provide approximately 90 percent of the campus’ current electricity demand. The installation is expected to offset 1,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is the equivalent of taking 295 cars off the road or the amount of carbon sequestered by 1,150 acres of U.S. forests in one year. The energy generated will be net-metered, meaning that any of the solar energy not consumed by the campus will be fed onto the local electricity grid and credited back to Barstow Community College.