Solar panels are have been installed at California State University, Long Beach, and the school is hosting a public ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate.
The celebration also will recognize the university's recent installation of a 1-megawatt battery energy storage system. The system is the first net-zero energy classroom building, according to a release.
The installations are expected to supply 1/3 of the campus' electricity demand. Additionally, 44 electric vehicle chargers will be installed (currently the campus has 4 electric vehicle chargers), the release said.
The speaker lineup includes CSULB President Jane Close Conoley, Mayor Robert Garcia, Michael Gardner (CSULB manager of planning and sustainability), Paul Wingco (CSULB interim director of facilities management), Holli Fajack (CSULB sustainability soordinator), Aaron Klemm (Chancellor's Office chief of energy and sustainability) and Nam Nguyen (SunPower executive vice president).
The solar installations are a part of CSULB’s 2014 Climate Action Plan, which established a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2030.
The ceremony will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. this Friday, Sept. 15, at Lot 14 on the CSULB campus, located off Atherton Street west of the Walter Pyramid.