Arts | Coolture

The Bright Side

By Assia Mortensen
Photos by Stacy Keck

The new nine-story wall of solar panels along the south façade of the San Diego City College Career Technology Center is the largest vertical solar fixture operating in the United States. The massive solar project makes a “visual statement about the district’s commitment to renewable energy,” says Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power, the local company that installed the panels. The system is projected to generate roughly 67,558 kilowatt-hours of energy per year, which amounts to enough juice to power more than 1,000 homes for one day.

In addition to the vertical solar panels, the center also has draught-tolerant landscaping, flooring made from recycled materials and water-saving plumbing. The 88,000 square-foot “green” educational facility, which opened its doors in September, offers programs such as nursing, cosmetology and photography. The overall project cost $63.1 million, and the larger facility enables City College to accommodate more students.