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California Boat/RV-Storage Facility Hosts Grand Opening, Showcases Solar-Energy System


The Solar Support System at Executive RV & Boat Storage in Oakley, Calif., features more than 10 acres of covered parking.Self-Storage operator Oakley Executive RV & Boat Storage held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand-opening celebration on June 29 at its facility in Oakley, Calif. The event included a disc jockey, food, games and prizes.

The boat- and RV-storage facility at 5220 Neroly Road is built on 11 acres and will serve the recreation-storage needs of the Delta region and greater San Francisco area. It features more than 170,000 square feet of canopy parking designed and built by Baja Construction Co. Inc. to serve as the backbone to its Solar Support System, engineered and constructed by Cenergy Power, a commercial solar integrator based in Carlsbad, Calif. The 1.68 megawatt solar facility uses high-efficiency, 295-watt solar modules from Korean manufacturer S-Energy to provide shaded parking for stored RVs and boats.

Under Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) Small Generator Feed-in Tariff program, the electric company will purchase the solar power generated at Oakley Executive RV & Boat Storage under a 20-year contract. The solar power purchased by PG&E will be credited toward California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard, which requires that total procurement of PG&E’s power from eligible renewable-energy sources be at 33 percent by 2020.

The fully paved facility also offers angled units, 24-hour video surveillance, computerized gated access, a 14-foot perimeter wall, dump station, propane station and onsite fire hydrants. Tenant amenities include WiFi and use of a conference room, shower and bathroom.

Based in Martinez, Calif., Baja Construction designs and engineers solar-support structures and light-gauge steel structures, including those used at self-storage facilities. The company has built carport and steel structures for more than 25 years and has installations in 34 states.

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