Major wind power project will boost clean energy use
In a move to step up its clean energy goals, the University of California signed its first-ever wind energy contract, the largest renewable energy commitment by the University to date in support of campus decarbonization.
The contract with SunZia Wind, developed by Pattern Energy, is a 3,500 MW wind project in New Mexico that will deliver electricity to California with help from a to-be-constructed 550-mile transmission line. The expected electricity generation from UC’s 85 MW portion of SunZia is equivalent to the total annual electricity consumption of UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside and UC Merced combined.
“This wind contract represents another milestone achievement for the University of California. Eight years ago, we signed our first utility-scale contracts for solar and today we are adding another important renewable resource to our portfolio — wind. The SunZia project expands the systemwide collaboration needed to support each of our campuses as they complete their plans to transition away from fossil fuels,” said David Phillips, associate vice president of Capital Programs, Energy and Sustainability.
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