"UC Davis's greenhouse gas emissions are lower today than they were five years ago despite campus growth," said Sid England, assistant vice chancellor for environmental stewardship and sustainability at UC Davis. "Adding the new solar project will help continue this remarkable trend and supports President Napolitano's initiative to be carbon neutral by 2025."
When completed, scheduled for 2015, the project will be the largest solar power installation in the University of California system. In addition, the site will reduce the carbon footprint on campus by an estimated 9 percent.
SunPower will design, construct, and upon completion, own and operate the site. SunPower will install its Oasis Power Plant technology, utilizing single-axis tracking technology to track the sun throughout the day, increasing energy capture by up to 25 percent compared to fixed-tilt solar technology.
The project is designed to generate 33 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, compared to total campus electricity use of 228 million kilowatt-hours in 2013-14.
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