A Grand Opening ceremony for the new solar-paneled parking structure at California State University, Fresno, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

Chevron Energy Solutions, a unit of Chevron (NYSE: CVX), and Fresno State will celebrate completion of the largest solar-paneled parking structure at a U.S. university.

The 1.1-megawatt solar installation will generate 20 percent of the university’s annual power needs, and enable Fresno State to save million of dollars avoided utility costs over the 30-year life of the solar power system.

The only shaded parking structure at the campus comprises 3,872 photovoltaic panels mounted on top of more than 700 carport stalls constructed in parking lots on the southeast side of campus.

It is expected to generate more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours of power each year, offsetting the production of about 950 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions – equivalent to planting more than 24,300 new trees or removing more than 200 cars from the road every year.

The celebration will include state and local dignitaries, university officials, faculty and staff, energy industry representatives and is open to the community.

MEDIA: Download high resolution photos of the Solar parking project

Solar parking lot during the day (3.3mb)

Solar parking lot – Twilight (3.4.mb)

Solar parking lot at night (3.8mb)