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ENGIE x State Fund of California


How to launch an extensive state-wide solar and renewable energy program in the USA?

By ENGIE - 02 July 2021 - 14:38

State Fund, California’s compensation insurance fund, awarded ENGIE and its partner JLL a contract to build an extensive sustainable solar and renewable energy program at seven locations throughout the state. The program will save nearly 65 million euros in energy costs during the life of the project and will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


The ENGIE solution: solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations and energy storage facilities at seven locations throughout California

In May 2021, State Fund announced the launch of an ambitious renewable energy program to reduce energy consumption, which relates to its goal of net-zero carbon emission by 2045. In practice, this will mean the locations—Vacaville, Pleasanton, Redding, Fresno, Bakersfield, Sacramento, and Riverside —will be equipped with a range of facilities powered by renewable energy, including: 9.8 MW of photovoltaic solar panels at six sites, 4.9 MWh of battery storage at three sites and 150 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations spread accross all of them.

The facilities provided by ENGIE will enable 311 GWh of solar energy to be produced during the 20-year period, enough to power 26,500 homes. The project will provide a reduction in CO2 emissions equivalent to taking 47,000 gas powered vehicles off the road. A total of 230,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions will be offset during a 20-year period. In addition to that, the cost savings realized from the program may also, in some cases be passed on to customers or used to support employee initiatives.


Offsetting our use of grid electricity was a big driver for us. Our data centers consume a lot of power, which also significantly drives up our costs. We wanted to see whether solar could reduce that impact and maybe even accelerate our transition to net zero. ENGIE’s team listened to us and provided a design that exactly met our brief.
Teresa Navarec, Vice President of Real Estate, State Compensation Insurance Fund


Key figures

  • 7 sites included in the project.
  • 311 GWh over 20 years, projected solar energy production, enough to power 26,500 homes.
  • 230,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions offset over 20 years.