New solar array supplies 40% of the campus’ electricity

California Congressman Mike Thompson joined Napa Valley College recently in dedicating a 1.2MW solar photovoltaic (PV) system that provides power to meet 40% of the campus’ electricity needs. The system, covering nearly 150,000 square feet on a field near the southern Napa River, was installed as part of the college’s facilities improvement project.

The solar array consists of 5,565 high-efficiency solar modules, and its prime energy output coincides with periods of highest electric demand, enabling the college to substantially reduce utility peak-period energy charges.