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Why doesn’t UC Davis have more solar power on its roofs?

Views: 1153 Created: 06/01/2011 01:04 pm Last Updated: 06/01/2011 01:04 pm 0 Rating/ Voters

UC Davis has been deliberate in its efforts to add local solar power as a supply.   Solar power is most feasible when power rates and peak-use surcharges are high.  Because the campus has relatively low power rates and does not pay significant peak-use charges for electricity, solar power is comparatively more expensive than traditional energy sources.   Despite these financial challenges, other renewable energy alternatives be even more expensive.  Accordingly, UC Davis recently entered into a power purchase agreement to have roof-mounted photovoltaic units installed on six campus facilities. The campus is currently considering a next round of solar power, including innovative solar thermal/photovoltaic combinations.

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