Aerial view of education campus's solar PV system
Aerial view of education campus's solar PV rooftop and carport systems
Close look at the solar PV system installation

Project Details

Chabot-Las Positas Community College
Cupertino Electric solar energy engineering project for Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
Livermore, CA
Project Size: 
1.5 MW
Project Attributes: 

"Cupertino Electric's integrated approach to engineering and constructing the Chabot-Las Positas solar and energy retrofit projects will have a positive impact on the Community College District to help lower operational costs and serve the needs of students."

Ann Kroll, Assistant Construction Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Project Summary: 

This competitively bid, public works project for the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District located in Livermore, California involved a 1.5 Megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic ground-mount system. Cupertino Electric's Energy Alternatives Division engineered and constructed the solar system between fall 2011 and early 2012 on the district’s six acres of land in Livermore, California to help reduce the district’s operational costs. The power generated by the photovoltaic system during the life of the system is anticipated to be 34,229,925 kilowatt-hours (kWh), which is equal to reducing the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 4,628 passenger vehicles. (Source:

In addition to the solar system, Cupertino Electric conducted an energy audit and is retrofitting traditional lights with LED lights at the district to realize a nearly 50 percent (50%) energy savings with the new fixtures. We also retrofitting new mechanical equipment with Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) to create a more efficient mechanical system to serve the school’s needs.

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