Campus Wide Solar Feasibility Santa Monica College – Santa Monica, CA

EcoMotion has a six-year history working with Santa Monica College (SMC) in Santa Monica, California. We continue to serve on the colleges renewable energy committee. Our solar team analyzed the entire campus for its solar potential, and was instrumental in developing and continuing to refine the College’s solar strategy.

EcoMotion’s SMC solar scoping study detailed a 16-rooftop solar potential, complete with financial analysis. Meshing strategically with campus facilities improvements, EcoMotion identified a 1.2 MW potential. The College began the first phase of construction in 2009 and in the Fall of 2010 completed two systems mounted on parking lots, for a total of 408 kilowatts DC. The deal was enables by Chevron Energy Services, financing that combined energy efficiency with solar.

The College has made plans to expand its solar capacity with another 515 kW to be spread across four different buildings. EcoMotion supports the college in a number of ways – keeping facilities officials up to date on incentives and regulatory changes, and connecting certified contractors with College officials, and serving on an advisory board. Concurrently, EcoMotion advised the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District on an eight-school solar installation enabled by a power purchase agreement that provided 100% financing to the district.