Fresno State University in California has installed 1.1 megawatts of solar energy that will provide 20% of the energy consumed in college. The solar panels were installed in the parking lot by Chevron Energy Solutions. It is hoped that this facility will save Fresno State more than $ 13 million during the 30 years of life of the solar panels. The 10 structures, which provide shade in addition to parking, are comprised of 3872 photovoltaic panels mounted on more than 700 parking spaces.
The mini-solar power plant will generate more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours per year, removing from the environment around 950 tons of carbon dioxide. This is equivalent to planting 24,300 trees or removing 200 cars of the streets for a year.