Solar panels, storage system to further US Santa Cruz campus sustainability

In an effort to reduce the campus’s carbon footprint, a two-megawatt solar parking canopy and energy storage system will be built at the East Remote Parking Lot at UC Santa Cruz.

The solar photovoltaic canopy and battery storage system will help provide the campus with clean, reliable electricity for at least 20-years and save the campus an estimated $6 million on its energy bill.

“Advancing campus sustainability requires campuswide collaboration,” said Traci Ferdolage, associate vice chancellor for Physical Planning, Development and Operations. “This project is an example of what can be done when we work together toward a common goal—developing sustainable solutions to support our mission.”

The project will generate more than three million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power more than 330 houses for a year, according to EPA calculations. Construction is scheduled to start in 2019.


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