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CSU Campuses to be Powered with Solar Energy

The campuses of 15 California State University schools will receive solar power in a program between the state and SunEdison. The public-private partnership will protect the environment by providing a zero-emission 8 megawatt solar photovoltaic power system to the California state university campuses. The 8 MW of energy produced by the solar panels are expected to deliver approximately 12 million kilowatt hours of clean renewable energy in the first year of operation. This amount represents five percent of the entire CSU system’s yearly energy consumption. Over the life of the contract, the partnership will offset approximately 9,485 metric tons of carbon dioxide. The Department of General Services negotiated the alternative financing method known as a power-purchase agreement for CSU. The agreement allows CSU to buy renewable power at or below current retail rates while avoiding the cost of installing the system. Under this agreement, SunEdison will finance, build and operate the solar panels for 20 years.

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