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!
About 30% of UC Davis' purchased electricity comes from two large off-site solar PV farms in California.
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.
The campus purchases natural gas delivered through PG&E pipe lines to heat campus buildings and make hot water.
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%.
Central Heating and Cooling Plant
UC Davis Energy Demand
Electricity is used for cooling,
plug loads, lighting, and heating.
Electricity is also used to create chilled water to cool buildings
Natural Gas is used to create steam to heat buildings