BP Solar Completes Solar Stable Project

May 27, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

BP Solar (Linthicum, MD) announced that it has completed the installation of a 1MW solar project on the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County. Over 9,000 of BP's solar panels have been installed on several horse stable roofs on the grounds of the fairgrounds generating 1MW of power, which is fed directly into the fairgrounds' own transformers reducing the fairground's electrical consumption by 22% and decreasing the monthly electrical bill by about one-third.

The project, valued at over $5 million, is the largest utility-tied installation in San Diego County, supplying over 20% of the total power needs. Partial funding for the project was provided by the Del Mar Fairgrounds and through the San Diego Regional Energy Office's Self-Generation Rebate Program. Other financing was made available through California Construction Authority.