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UC Davis teams with San Jose solar firm to build 16-megawatt plant to serve campus

UC Davis and San Jose-based solar company SunPower Corp. have announced plans to build a 16-megawatt, solar power plant intendend to meet 14 percent of the university’s electricity needs.

The project, projected to be completed in 2015, is being touted as the largest solar power plant to offset the electricity demand of a U.S. university or college campus.

“UC Davis is already a national and international leader in sustainability, but this new project truly puts us in a league of our own,” said UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi in a statement.

The plant, to be built on a 70-acre site south of Interstate 80, will be designed, constructed, owned and operated by SunPower. Officials said the plant is designed to generate 33 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, reducing the campus carbon footprint by an estimated 9 percent, and producing substantial energy cost savings.

SunPower designs, manufactures and delivers solar panels/systems to an international customer base that includes residential, business, government and utility entities.