ROOFTOP SOLAR FOR BRISBANE CITY HALL
SunPower 360W Panels
Peak System Output
EXCEEDING PERFORMANCE TARGETS FOR THE CITY OF BRISBANE, CA
The City of Brisbane, California, is extremely focused on environmental sustainability. Located due south of San Francisco at the base of the San Bruno Mountains, Brisbane has seen its share of industrial development in the past. So city officials felt an obligation to “walk the talk” when it came to environmental action, and were among the first municipalities to adopt a comprehensive Climate Action Plan.
Going solar was part of that plan – as were innovative sustainability improvements such as rainwater harvesting on city property, stormwater filtering before it flows into the ocean, and a city-wide commercial building energy-efficiency program. So when the time came to consider their solar options, the city took a novel approach – and put out a competitive request for proposal requiring all bidders not just to provide pricing, but to guarantee system production over a period of 20 years.
Sunterra was selected due to its ability to demonstrate the higher performance of its SunPower systems. SunPower Maxeon panels produce up to 55 percent more energy than conventional solar panels in the same roof space over 25 years. SunPower also has the industry’s lowest degradation rates, a measure of a solar panel’s reliability over time.
“Although we are a relatively small city of 4,700 people, we take sustainability very seriously,” said Randy Breault, Director of Public Works, City of Brisbane. “Sunterra did a great job of understanding that our intent in the bid process was to maximize energy production, and they were awarded the project because they had the highest production-to-bid cost ratio. The team has been a pleasure to work with throughout the process.”
In its first six months of operation, the City’s solar energy system has outperformed expected estimates, producing 166,900 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean power to date. On an annual basis, the system is expected to offset nearly all of the electricity used by the City’s administrative offices. According to estimates provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the system will displace approximately 9 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) over the next 20 years – the equivalent CO2 emissions from nearly 10 million miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.
For its efforts in sustainability, Brisbane became the first city in California to win the Institute for Local Government’s Gold-Level Beacon Award as well as subsequent Platinum Spotlight Awards for its holistic approach to addressing climate change.