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Commercial Solar Case Study, Windsor Fire Station

Civic Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

Windsor Fire Department solar panelsThis 11.5 kW solar electric system was installed by SolarCraft at the newly constructed Fire Station No. 2 in Windsor, California, as part of the sustainable building strategy for the new facility.

The solar electric system consists of fifty SunPower HE (high efficiency) 230 watt solar panels that power the fire house with renewable, clean energy. The solar energy system is roof mounted on the Station’s 1,160 square foot carport structure and is expected to generate 17,331 kilowatt hours annually.

The solar energy system was a key element of the Station’s acquiring a LEED certification. The new facility will help Windsor achieve its goal of reducing its carbon footprint.

The system will enable the Station to generate enough clean electricity each day to power six average homes. It will spare the air nearly ten tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution prevented will be equivalent to eliminating 700,000 miles of driving. The system will pay for itself in approximately 6 years.

Windsor, CA solar energy

System Specifications
System Size 11.5 kW DC
10.2 kW AC
Location Windsor, CA
Solar Panel (50) SunPower 230 W
Inverter (1) SunPower 5000m
(1) SunPower 7000m
Mounting System Unirac — Sunframe
Estimated Annual kWh 17,331
Cumulative Cash Positive 5–6 Years

Customer Profile
The new LEED certified Windsor Fire Station will give Windsor a fully-staffed, 24-hour station on each side of the Highway 101 freeway. The $7 million station across from Windsor High School and next to the town’s public works offices is described by Town Manager Matt Mullan as the “greenest building in Windsor”. The new building employs solar electricity, recycled water, recycled materials and has a significant amount of natural light.

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