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Large Purchasers of Green Power

University of California

January 2014 - University of California at Riverside (UCR) is contracting with SunPower to construct and maintain a 10.92-acre solar installation. The solar installation is expected to be operational by July 2014 and will supply 3 megawatts of renewable energy to campus. UCR plans to purchase the electricity from SunPower, which is estimated to result in $4.3 million in electricity savings over the course of the 20-year contract.

Press Release - New West Campus Solar Farm to Provide Power to UC Riverside

UCR Contact: Ross French, 951-827-5893

July 2008 - For the second year in a row, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership has identified the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), as the sixth-largest campus purchaser of green power in the country. UCSC purchased 57 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy during the 2007-08 academic year.

In May 2006, the students first voted to pay a tuition increase of $3 per quarter to fund the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs), enough to offset 100% of the campus' electricity consumption. Supplied by Sterling Planet, the RECs are sourced from wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, biomass, and landfill gas facilities.

The student-funded green energy purchase aligns with a broader sustainability initiative, UCSC's Campus Sustainability. As part of the effort, the university is also working to reduce overall demand by retrofitting equipment, adopting energy-efficient building designs, and developing on-site sources of renewable power.

News Release - EPA names UC Santa Cruz sixth-largest campus purchaser of 'green power' for second year in a row

Contact: Jennifer McNulty, (831) 459-2495

June 2005 - The University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems announced that they have entered into an agreement to purchase renewable energy for 15% of their electricity needs. Under a six-month contract with APS Energy Services, UC and CSU will purchase 39,000 MWh and 34,000 MWh, respectively, of renewable energy certificates consisting of wind (86%) and landfill gas (14%) resources. The RECs will be supplied by 3 Phases Energy (now serviced by 3Degrees) under a wholesale agreement with APS Energy Services.

The purchase stems in part from UC's policy on Green Building Design and Clean Energy Standards, which was adopted in July 2003 to increase sustainability system-wide. At CSU, the announcement comes on the heels of a two-year campaign run by university students and Greenpeace to encourage CSU to adopt a comprehensive clean energy and sustainability policy. The university is currently drafting a policy that will include standards for energy conservation, clean energy generation, clean energy purchasing, and sustainable building design.

News Release - CSU and UC Make Largest University Purchase of Clean Energy

News Article - UC, CSU Sign Greener Energy Contract

Contact: Josh Lynch, (415) 297-0572
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APS Energy Services Contact: Jihad Zagul (602) 744-5000.


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