FAIRFIELD — Solano College officials will spend the next week or so fielding offers for a $12.3 million project that will bring solar panels to all three campuses.
The Solano Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to direct staff to hire a firm and to move forward with selling bonds for the project.
Solano college received the money after bidding for unused funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and plans to install 2.5 megawatts at the Fairfield location, consisting mostly of in-ground panels.
Vacaville is scheduled to receive 300 kilowatts and Vallejo will get 200 kilowatts. Both the satellite campuses will likely use solar panels mounted on carports.
Yulian Ligioso, vice president of finance and administration, told the board the college had 90 days from being awarded the money on Aug. 14 to enter contract for construction. Ligioso said the college is currently talking with four firms and would continue those discussions through next week. He said he expects to see a proposal by next week.
Depending on the weather, he said the panels would be finished by spring 2013 if construction starts in November as planned. The college will cut its utility costs by two-thirds and hopes to save $900,000 in rebates in the next five years at the Fairfield campus alone, according to Ligioso.
President Jowel Laguerre thanked Solano County for its work in their partnership, as they are the official applicant for the federal money.
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