EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems provided complete turnkey delivery of a 134.6-kilowatt solar photovoltaic carport project for St. Kilian Catholic Church in Mission Viejo, CA.
Mesa mounted 396 solar panels to two steel carport structures in the parking lot, capable of generating 80 percent of the Church’s annual electricity usage on site through clean, renewable solar power.
The project significantly lowered the facility’s electricity costs, while also providing shaded parking. Furthermore, Mesa completed the project on an aggressive, 60-day timeframe with minimal disruption to St. Kilian’s parishioners.
St. Kilian wanted to reduce skyrocketing electricity costs by installing solar photovoltaic carports, which would simultaneously communicate the Church’s commitment to environmental stewardship to its parishioners and the surrounding community.
St. Killian came to Mesa for this challenging project because of the company’s extensive experience performing complex, technologically-advanced energy projects on a turnkey basis.
From the start, Mesa faced two critical challenges. First, the project had to minimize the loss of valuable parking spaces, and, second, it had to be completed and permitted in less than 60 days due to a pending utility rate change.
In areas that affected parking, Mesa used a staged approach and temporary fencing, while simultaneously working on the electrical connections of the project in areas without parking constraints. Directional boring was used for conduit runs from the carports to the main service panel, offering a clean aesthetic and minimizing patch-back of the surface of the parking lot.
St. Kilian Catholic Church is a member Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.