RONALD MCDONALD CHARITY HOUSE USA
The First Ronald McDonald House to go Solar Installs Canadian Solar Modules, Significantly Reducing Utility Costs.
In June 2010, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego (RHMCSD) will begin to take advantage of southern California's abundant sun with the help of Canadian Solar's high performance solar modules. Designed and installed by HelioPower Inc. and financed by Helio Micro Utility, the system consists of 518 Canadian Solar CS6P-P 220 W solar modules capable of generating 147,846 kilowatt hours of energy a year. The rooftop array will allow RMHCSD to incur significant savings by replacing the most expensive top-tier electricity with clean, renewable energy.
San Diego's Ronald McDonald House is the first House in California to go solar, and the installation will help the facility achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Ronald McDonald House is a "home away from home" for families with seriously ill children being treated at San Diego area hospitals and will serve over 20,000 people in 2010. The solar installation will provide lighting and power to help offset the substantial electricity required to run the building.