UC-San Diego Will Generate 10 Percent of Its Own Power
Environment News Service, July 17, 2008

"SAN DIEGO, California, July 17, 2008 (ENS) - The University of
California-San Diego calls itself "one of the nation's greenest college
campuses," and to enhance that status, the university has begun to
install the components of a multi-faceted sustainable energy program.

The university will soon be generating 7.4 megawatts of green energy,
providing 10 to 15 percent of its own annual electrical usage.

The far-reaching program, which includes solar panels, biogas fuel cells
and wind energy, began with the first installation of solar photovoltaic
panels atop a campus utility plant.

Soon, buildings and parking garages across the 1,200-acre campus next to
the Pacific Ocean will feature solar panels.

Researchers and students at UC San Diego are working on a wide range of
environmental sustainability projects. They are developing biofuels from
algae and wood debris.

Planners design green dorms with automatic sun shading to save energy
and drainage systems that stop all storm runoff from flowing into the
nearby ocean.

Students and fleet managers have begun a biofuel shuttle bus line, which
decreases UC San Diego's reliance on greenhouse gas-generating fossil fuels.

Construction begins this fall on a project that will allow UC San Diego
to produce another 2.4 megawatts of energy from fuel cells powered by
renewable methane. The methane fuel will be transported to UC San Diego
from the Point Loma sewage treatment plant, where it is produced.

The solar photovoltaic and biogas fuel cell construction projects are
cost-free for the university.

UC San Diego has negotiated power purchase agreements, in which
investors construct, install and maintain the photovoltaic panels and
fuel cells on campus property, and the university then buys the power
from investors through long-term contracts."

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Soil and Water Science Department          Fax: (352)392-7008
University of Florida-IFAS
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Gainesville, FL 32611-0960
Campus location: Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (Bldg. 246).
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