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UC Davis has the largest solar power plant on any U.S. college campus

On November 20th, UC Davis announced its completion of the 16.3 megawatt solar power plant. The power plant is to provide 14% of the university’s electrical needs and is located on 62 acres of land. By 2017, UC Davis hopes to get 60% of its energy from renewable sources. This solar project is estimated to reduce the campus’ carbon emission by 9% by producing only 33 million kilowatt hours of electricity rather than the 238 million kilowatts that UC Davis had produced the previous year. The University of California plans to buy 200,000 megawatt hours of solar energy to power all the UC campuses and produce the campuses’ energy efficiency.