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15 CSU campuses to get solar power

October 23, 2008|Gale Holland

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced a private-public partnership to bring solar power to 15 California State University campuses and the system's Long Beach headquarters.

"California is going green and we are doing it first and we are doing it fast," Schwarzenegger said this week at a news conference at Cal State Dominguez Hills, according to a statement released by his office. "This partnership is a good deal for the state, the planet and our economy -- all at no cost to taxpayers."

Under an agreement negotiated by the state, SunEdison, a private company, will finance, build and install solar panels on rooftops, parking canopies and other ground-mounted displays at Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State campuses in Fullerton, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Marcos, among others. The firm has agreed to operate and maintain the panels for 20 years, selling the power back to Cal State at or below market rates.

The project is expected to deliver 12.2 kilowatt hours of renewable energy in its first year, the equivalent of the annual energy consumption of 1,256 households, Cal State officials said.

The university system already gets 20% of its electricity from green sources, officials said. The new project will raise that total to 25%.

-- Gale Holland

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