Photo credit: Borrego Solar Systems, Inc.
Sharp and Borrego Solar Systems (a leading designer of solar power technology who have most recently helped band Cake outfit themselves in a mean, green recording studio) announced this morning their donation of state-of-the-art solar electric systems to firehouses in some of the neighborhoods most severely impacted by the Autumn 2007 wildfires in Southern California. Sharp and Borrego wanted to find a way to thank the firefighters for their efforts—and thought, in these financially uncertain times, that the gift of green would both help their bottom line and carbon footprint.
These new solar energy systems will help the firehouses reduce electricity costs, conserve fire department resources, and reduce constraints on the California's electrical grid. Firehouses at the Irvine, Poway and San Miguel fire departments have been outfitted with new solar photovoltaic arrays of approximately 4.5kW each.
Sharp Borrego Solar hopes this gesture will help others think of environmentally sound alternatives when rebuilding areas affected by wildfires.
"These new solar arrays will be generating clean, renewable electricity for decades to come - achieving tremendous overall utility savings for Southern California fire departments, and helping to reduce pressure on the grid for the entire region," said Irvine Mayor Beth Krom.
Sharp donated three state-of-the-art solar electric systems to firehouses in Irvine, Poway and San Miguel - all areas affected by the 2007 fires. The Sharp solar power systems include modules, inverters and racks. They blend into existing building designs by using a simplified, flexible mounting system. Sharp is already a world leader in green energy, as a top producer of solar cells.
Borrego Gives Green
Borrego donated system design, installation expertise, and ongoing maintenance of the system. The company has worked with Wal-mart on "home efficiency centers" in nine Los Angeles locations, as well as recently build a 100% solar-powered studio for the band Cake.
That's going the distance.
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