Regional Office (RO) Solar Photovoltaic and Employee Parking Lot Project

Aerial view of the FS Building, parking lot, and adjacent areas. A photo of the failed paving in the existing RO parking lot. Photo of a parking lot with photovoltaic canopies being installed. Carport System at City of Sacramento Carport System at Intel
“As a land management agency concerned with precious natural resources, it is exciting to be involved in a program that parallels our other sustainability efforts. To meet many of our future restoration goals, we need great collaboration and strong partnerships, and I see that mirrored here with this solar project.” ~ Randy Moore, Pacific Southwest Regional Forester

Project Description

The agency proposes to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system and reconfigure the employee parking area at the Regional Office in Vallejo, California. The project consists of designing and building a Carport-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System, beginning in the summer of 2016. Changes to the employee parking lot surfacing, fencing, drainage and other site features will improve the facility while accommodating the PV system.

This "California Solar Challenge" project is capitalizing on an "aggregated" Solar Power Purchase Agreement shared with GSA to help reduce the Regional Office's environmental foot print and the cost of electricity, as well as increase our Region's renewable energy consumption percentage.


The project area is located behind the Pacific Southwest Regional Office (1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, California 94592), on the west side of the building. Since the project area is away from the street, on the back side of the regional office, construction is not expected to be visible from Club Drive. The construction process will require some use of local roads by construction vehicles during the construction phase.

Travellers should be mindful of where and how a contractor may be working in your vicinity, as well as your safest walking/driving routes.


The proposed Regional Office Solar PV System is a part of the Federal Aggregated Solar Procurement Pilot which was selected as a segment of The White House GreenGov Spotlight Communities Program under the purview of the Federal Environmental Executive, Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Executive Office of the President. CEQ now refers to this project as "The California Solar Challenge," like its sister project in Washington D.C., "The Capitol Solar Challenge."

In addition to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Forest Service, this solar procurement includes other Federal organizations such as the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), as well as two DOE National Laboratories—Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Current Status

The project is still in the survey and design phase. The prime contractor, SolarCity, has submitted preliminary drawings; completed a site survey of the main parking lot; performed a geotechnical evaluation and analysis of the main lot; and attended various status and design meetings with the Forest Service project team. Construction is currently slated for late summer or early fall and will continue for approximately 100 days.