The Center for Environmental Research and Technology at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, has received a $2-million award for a two-year project to build solar arrays, advanced battery storage, vehicle charging stations, an electric trolley, and a grid management system to provide clean energy to clean vehicles efficiently.
Separately, AECOM Technology Corporation and REC Solar unveiled a 1.16 MW installation at the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) campus. The three solar systems are installed on the rooftops of two CSU Fullerton buildings and a parking structure carport under contract to AECOM. The CSUF installation also includes solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to maximize the university’s sustainability efforts.
UC Riverside. The project is supported by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and involves a number of public and private partners. The funding, approved Jan. 6, will allow the university to install up to 2MW of solar arrays and 2 MW of lithium battery storage systems at three locations on and near the UC Riverside campus. The solar energy will be used to charge vehicles directly at several sites on campus and additional sites throughout Riverside.
In partnership with the City of Riverside and Riverside Public Utilities, UC Riverside engineers will design methods to direct the solar energy to electric vehicle charging in a way that minimizes loads on the grid and demands for electricity generated from non-renewable resources. The system will support the growth in manufacturing and demand for plug-in electric vehicles.
Additionally, UC Riverside plans to convert a trolley from diesel to electric power to shuttle students and area residents around UC Riverside.
CSUF. As part of an agreement announced in October 2008, CSUF will be one of 16 Cal State University sites to host a total of 20 MW of solar power throughout the state.
The solar carport system installed atop the Eastside Parking Structure on the southeast corner of campus will provide power to six Coulomb Technologies EV charging stations supplied by Charge Harbor LLC.
AECOM Technology Corporation was the prime contractor for the solar project and has been working on the CSUF campus for more than five years.