San Diego’s Frontwave Arena taps Baker Electric to provide 797 kW rooftop solar system

San Diego Frontwave Arena Baker Electric

San Diego’s newest sports and entertainment arena has inked a local partnership with Baker Electric to provide renewable energy. Baker will install a 1,350-panel rooftop solar array and large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) for the 7,500 capacity multi-purpose Frontwave Arena in North San Diego County.

The 797.09 kWdc solar system is anticipated to contribute approximately 1.2 MWh annually, along with the 500 kW / 1,100 kWh two-hour battery system. Frontwave Arena has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with DSD Renewables to use the renewable energy produced at the site.

“We are focusing on excellence in every aspect of development, from sustainable design to fan experience, from technology to community engagement,” said Josh Elias, COO of Frontwave Arena. “The solar installation is part of Frontwave Arena’s broader sustainability efforts to minimize the environmental impact of the arena. We have also committed to reducing water consumption, waste production and greenhouse gas emissions.”

Frontwave Arena, which is on schedule to open next summer, will be a gateway to world-class sports and entertainment. The venue will be home to the 16-time champion indoor soccer team, the San Diego Sockers, and is configured to accommodate all types of indoor sports, concerts and community events. The new arena was designed to be the centerpiece of the City of Oceanside’s El Corazon, a 465-acre district where more than 80% of the property has been set aside for habitat and recreation.

“Baker Electric is excited to partner and assist with the development of a local landmark like Frontwave Arena,” stated Scott Williams, Baker Electric executive VP. “We appreciate that not only are Josh and his team building a centerpiece of entertainment for the North County community, but they are not skipping any steps in consideration of the environmental impact of operating a facility of this size.”

Baker Electric, a renowned provider of solar and electrical contracting services has been recognized as one of the top 10 solar energy services providers in the U.S. in 2023. The company offers a wide range of services, including design-build and design-assist services in the solar and electric power space. It caters to various sectors, including bio-tech, commercial office-space, industrial manufacturing, non-profits, government, healthcare, utility, and educational facilities.

Baker’s Renewables division focuses Baker’s engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) project delivery methods on the utility-scale and commercial-industrial sectors, and is an Authorized Developer for DSD’s Developer Network. DSD will own, operate and maintain the solar and energy storage installation at Frontwave Arena.

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