Kyocera Solar, Inc. and Sullivan Solar Power have joined forces to equip San Diego’s North County Fire Protection District (NCFPD) with photovoltaic (PV) solar systems at four fire stations in the Fallbrook, Bonsall and Rainbow communities. Anticipating further increases in utility rates, the NCFPD, which serves approximately 50,000 local residents, chose solar to offset rising energy costs.
The four PV systems, totaling 121 kilowatts (kW), are located on East Ivy Street, Winterwarm Drive, Olive Hill Road, and Rainbow Valley Boulevard. Together, they incorporate 431 high-efficiency Kyocera KD320 solar modules, with SunLink ballasted ground mounting systems and SMA power inverters. Collectively capable of generating an estimated 180,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy annually, the systems are expected to pay for themselves within seven years.
Sullivan Solar Power is a turnkey solar design and installation company headquartered in San Diego. The local firm won the contract for the solar projects for the North County Fire Protection District in a competitive bidding process last year.
The four-system project received rebates from the California Solar Initiative, which offers incentives to non-profit entities, including California’s 800+ fire stations. It was financed with a low-interest loan available only to non-profit and government entities.
Special financing for commercial and large-scale solar projects is now available directly from Kyocera. The company is also involved in providing low-interest loans to US homeowners for residential solar installations.