The project proposes the removal of existing covered parking in Facilities Management Corporation Yard and installation of new photovoltaic integrated covered parking. The project also includes installation of photovoltiac generation collectors on the roof of Brotman Hall.
Project construction is expected to require 190 calendar days, and would involve the use of saw cutting tools to install new conduits in asphalt areas to connect covered parking panels to electrical distribution. Use of dump truck, compaction equipment and road roller to repair saw cut areas will also be utilized. No interruption to normal traffic flows will be encountered. Area will be isolated during construction.
Section 15301(b) provides for the minor alteration of an existing public structure involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of determination. Examples include, but are not limited to, existing facilities of publicly-owned utilities to provide electric power, gas, sewerage, or other utility services.
The project benefits the University and the State of California by locking in the price of a block of energy for decades. The University is able to avoid purchases of the utility's most expensive peak electricity. The project provides a 25-year warranty on photovoltaic module power output, virtually maintenance free. The project demonstrates the University's commitment to implementing non-polluting and renewable energy. Project construction and operation would not have a significant effect on the environment.