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What’s Powering

the Campus? 

UC Davis Energy Sources

The campus is powered by a variety of energy sources, including natural gas, electricity, solar power, and hydropower. Hover over them to learn more!

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Nonrenewable

Natural Gas

Natural Gas

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Nonrenewable

Grid Electricity

Grid Electricity

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Off-Campus Solar

Renewable

Off-Campus Solar

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Carbon Neutral

Hydropower

Hydropower

Off-Campus Solar

About 30% of UC Davis' purchased electricity comes from two large off-site solar PV farms in California.

Large Hydropower

UC Davis has a contract with Western Area Power Administration to purchase electricity generated from large-scale hydro-power sources. The electricity is not considered "renewable" under common definitions, but it is 100% Carbon Neutral.

Natural Gas

The campus purchases natural gas delivered through PG&E pipe lines to heat campus buildings and make hot water.

Grid Electricity

The campus purchases electricity from the grid to supplement its electricity needs.

UC Davis Solar Farm

UC Davis has a 16.3 megawatt solar farm on 62 acres of south campus. The solar farm generates 33 million kilowatt-hours per year, about 14% of the campus’s electricity needs, and reduces the University's carbon footprint by 9%. 

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Central Heating and Cooling Plant

Electric Substation

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Solar Farm

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Solar Farm

Renewable

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UC Davis Energy Demand

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Electricity is used for cooling,

plug loads, lighting, and heating.

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Electricity is also used to create chilled water to cool buildings

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Natural Gas is used to create steam to heat buildings

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