J. Tranquanda, Occidental College
As part of an effort to stimulate interest in alternative energy production, Occidental College is proposing the installation of a 1-megawatt solar array on two undeveloped acres of the southwest-facing slope of Fiji Hill, and on solar shade structures on an adjacent parking lot. The project would generate approximately 11% of Occidental’s annual power usage. (Electricity accounts for more than two-thirds of the College’s utility costs, and 75% of its direct carbon consumption.) The array would remove 1,250 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year – the equivalent of removing about 250 cars from the road. Half of the project’s $7.7 million cost would be covered by a rebate from the DWP.