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CSULB To Install Solar Power System

Published: September 19, 2016

Picture of a carport solar system
Solar panels similar to those shown above will be installed at CSULB.

CSULB recently announced the construction of a carport solar system in Lot 7 on the south side of campus and in Lot 14 in the northwest section of campus. The university will purchase the solar power generated by the system which will offset approximately 15 percent of the campus’ electrical load.

“CSULB is proud to support California and the nation in our transition to clean and renewable energy sources to fight climate change and its negative effects on our students, staff and community by increasing our reliance on solar power,” said David Salazar, associate vice president of physical planning and facilities management.

The 4.8 megawatt carport solar system is produced by SunPower®, a leader in the field that works with residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities. In addition to generating power, the system will also provide shade and 50 electric vehicle charging stations to the campus community. The system is expected to be operational by the end of 2017 and CSULB will own the renewable energy credits. SunPower estimates that one year of solar energy produced by the CSULB system could power more than 2,200 electric vehicles for 30 years or 1,200 average California homes per year.

As part of its commitment to sustainability, CSULB has three operating solar power systems currently on campus, but this project will by far be the largest solar power system to be installed on campus and within the 23 campus CSU system to date. The installation of the carport solar system in Lots 7 and 14 is the university’s latest effort to reduce consumption of electricity by continuing to implement energy efficiency measures while also increasing the share of energy consumed that comes from renewable sources.

In December 2014, under the leadership of university President Jane Close Conoley, CSULB committed to reaching a goal of climate neutrality by 2030. To achieve that goal, the university has in place a Sustainability Task Force, an advisory body comprised of faculty, staff and students that oversees a range of activities to reduce campus environmental impact, including energy efficiency, water conservation, sustainable food service and waste reduction and recycling.

Click here for more information about CSULB’s ongoing sustainability efforts.