Panels mounted atop carports and building rooftops, along with a ground-mounted module, will create enough solar energy to offset 3,800 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, officials said.
Once the project is completed in 2009, the school expects to save $280,000 on its $1.8 million annual bill.
"This project is another major push toward our ultimate goal to declare our energy independence and foster awareness of green concepts and technology in traditionally underserved areas," said Marshall Drummond, chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District.
"We are energized by Southwest's project, as it gives us an exciting chance to highlight the district's commitment to building green and to developing a new pipeline of eco-conscious workers for the green workforce," he said.
A 1.2-megawatt solar power system was unveiled at East L.A. College earlier this year.