University of California (UC), Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and SunPower representatives today are dedicating the university's newly constructed 16.3MW (AC) solar power plant. The university expects to reduce the campus' carbon footprint by nine percent, or 14,000 metric tons, as a result of the system.
"This is a compelling example of how, with partners such as SunPower, we at UC Davis are reducing our carbon footprint," said Katehi. "By taking steps to aggressively reduce our carbon emissions, we can set an example to the nation and the world of what can be achieved when we combine political will with science and innovation."
Located on a 62-acre site south of Interstate 80, the plant was designed and built by SunPower.
"UC Davis has a singular vision for integrating sustainable energy solutions," said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units. "SunPower has been pleased to partner with the university, first on the landmark zero net energy UC Davis West Village community in 2011, and this year on the completion of the 16-megawatt plant we are celebrating today, the UC system's largest operating solar power plant. SunPower is working with universities and colleges across the country that are increasing their reliance on solar power to support their sustainability goals and achieve the extraordinary long-term value SunPower systems deliver."
At the site, SunPower installed a SunPower® Oasis® Power Plant system.
Combined with other purchases of solar and hydroelectric energy, the plant is part of UC Davis' plan to obtain 60 percent of its electricity needs from renewable and carbon-free sources by 2017, ahead of a state goal of 50 percent by 2020.