Gov. Schwarzenegger, the California State University and SunEdison Announce Green Power Partnership
Erik Fallis, (562) 477-7317
(October 21, 2008) – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger arrived at California State University (CSU), Dominguez Hills today to announce that solar power equipment will be installed on 15 Cal State campuses and the CSU chancellor’s office. Thanks to an agreement put together by the State of California’s Department of General Services (DGS), the CSU and solar service provider SunEdison have entered into an innovative public-private partnership that will bring affordable solar power to the university system.
"California's continued economic, environmental and social prosperity depends on sustainable energy and technology," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "As the nation's largest university system, the CSU welcomes this opportunity to lead the way."
The CSU system already receives 20% of its electricity from green sources. The new agreements for 8 MW in new solar capacity will raise that total to 25% from green sources.
The power-purchase agreement allows CSU to buy renewable power at or below current retail rates, while avoiding the cost of installing the system. Under the agreement, SunEdison will finance, build, operate and maintain the solar panels for 20 years.
The solar panels are expected to deliver approximately 12.2 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean renewable energy in their first year of operation, the equivalent annual energy consumption of 1,256 households.
New SunEdison solar panels will be installed on rooftops, atop parking canopies and in ground-mounted arrays at the following locations:
CA Maritime Academy; CSU Bakersfield; CSU Channel Islands; CSU Chico; CSU Fullerton; CSU Humboldt; CSU Los Angeles; CSU Monterey Bay; CSU Pomona; CSU Sacramento; CSU San Bernardino(San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses); CSU San Francisco; CSU San Marcos; CSU Stanislaus; and the CSU Chancellor’s Office.
“Under the agreements, we can now do more to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Len Pettis, Chief Plant, Energy and Utilities at the CSU Chancellor’s Office. “8 megawatts of affordable renewable energy is a good deal for the CSU and the planet. The agreements announced today will offset approximately 9,485 metric tons of carbon dioxide: the equivalent of removing 48,937 cars from the road, over the life of the contract.”
About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students year round and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.
As part of that commitment to excellence, CSU is dedicated to being a wise steward of scarce resources and in helping ensure California's continued ecological and economic viability. For more, please visit the California State University's Sustainability website: "The CSU Commitment to Sustainability."