SunPower commercial dealer Vista Solar will be designing and installing a 2.5-megwatt high efficiency solar power system at Shelter Creek Condominiums, one of the largest multi-family developments in San Mateo, with 1,296 units.
With high efficiency solar panels, SunPower’s solar system will maximize solar energy generation despite the limited space. It is expected to generate 3,632,773 KWH annually, which is more than 70 percent of the condo complex’s annual electricity. It will be equivalent to removing 579 cars from the road, powering 292 homes, or saving 2,957,956 pounds of coal from being incinerated for power.
There will be eight construction phases in the project.
Vista Solar’s project follows the recently-completed installation of Fiber Optic connections to each unit through the City of San Bruno and San Bruno Cable’s “Fiber to the Home” Project, according to Ronnie Rosen, general manager of Shelter Creek. He believes that the complex has set the standards high for advanced technology.
“The solar installation adds immense value to the community,” said Rosen. He said it complements sustainability initiatives already in place at Shelter Creek, such as electric vehicle charging stations, LED lighting components in common areas, renewable energy recycling, composting and the “no neonicotinoid pesticide” policy for the on-site apiary.
“Shelter Creek’s a clear example of a community taking sustainability measures into its own hands,” said Brian Brogan, Vista Solar lead project developer. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to provide clean renewable energy to this community for the next 25+ years.”
Vista Solar or Shelter Creek has not disclosed the total cost of the project.