UC Irvine Adds 3.2 MW of Solar

November 6, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

UCUC Irvine is quadrupling the amount of green power it generates on-site with the addition of solar photovoltaic canopies on three campus parking structure roofs.

When the work is completed early next year, more than 11,700 new solar panels will generate up to 3.2 MW.

UCI is installing the solar PV systems under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. Under the terms of the agreement, the subsidiary will own and maintain the solar installations and sell electricity to the campus at a price below what UCI would expect to pay a utility.

The UCI campus currently has three on-site solar installations that supply slightly more than 1 MW. The University of California system has a goal of carbon neutrality by 2025.

Photo credit: Steve Zylius/UC Irvine

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