SOLAR PARKING CANOPY GOES ONLINE, PROVIDING UCSC WITH 2 MEGAWATTS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY
- Sep 17, 2021 2:36 pm GMT
The following information was released by the
A two-megawatt solar parking canopy at the East Remote Parking Lot is now online, increasing the campus's use of renewable energy while reducing its energy bill.
The solar photovoltaic canopy will provide the campus with clean, reliable electricity for at least 20-years and save the campus an estimated
This is a major step towards directly reducing the campus' carbon footprint. As climate change impacts become more of a reality in all of our day-to-day lives, I am also encouraged that the chancellor is committed to exploring more options for future renewable energy projects on campus to keep us moving in the right direction, said
The project will generate more than three million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity each year, enough to power more than 330 houses for a year, according to EPA calculations.
The campus is installing a battery storage system, set to be online later this academic year, that will allow the campus to store 1 megawatt of energy to reduce peak demand and shift load to times of day when electricity is less costly. The intelligent use of energy from the storage units combined with on-site solar energy generation helps maximize clean energy utilization and enhances grid performance.
The campus partnered with
UC Santa Cruz also has a 250 kilowatt photovoltaic array on the
The 20172022 Campus Sustainability Plan calls on UC Santa Cruz to develop a plan to add four megawatts of solar photovoltaic to the campus and the new solar array gets the campus halfway to that goal.
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