For almost 150 years, the University of California (UC) has expanded the horizons of what we know about ourselves and our world. The UC system includes ten campuses (UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz), five associated medical centers and three national laboratories. We are strengthened by more than 250,000 students, 200,000 faculty and staff, and 1.7 million alumni living and working around the world. Our campuses are routinely ranked among the best in the world.
Under the leadership of UC President Janet Napolitano, UC’s campuses pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025. To that end, each of our ten campuses have installed on-site renewable generation, including biogas, electric solar energy, and solar thermal energy projects. Together, the campuses have implemented over 30 separate green power projects. Notable elements of the portfolio include a 62-acre on-site 16MW solar PV project at UC Davis; 15 separate rooftop PV projects at UC Irvine; and a 1MW solar PV project at our newest and smallest campus, UC Merced.
We have also entered in to long-term power purchase agreements for energy from two new California grid-connected solar energy resources. These solar power plants, are located in the California Central Valley of California, and totaling 80 megawatts of generation, they represent the largest solar purchase ever made by a U.S. university.
While the carbon neutrality initiative builds on UC's pioneering work on climate research, the operational aspects of the goal have allowed us to demonstrate environmental leadership in our business practices.