Commitment to Sustainability

Green Energy Generation

The CSU is committed to developing reliable distributed generation that increases efficiency and reduces its carbon footprint. The CSU Board of Trustees set a goal of 10 megawatts (MW) of solar power generation by 2014. The CSU plans to exceed this goal by the end of 2012 with 11.5 MW of solar.

CSU SYSTEMWIDE SOLAR POWER GENERATION
Measured in Megawatts
CSU Systemwide Solar Power Generation Chart
INSTALLATION DATE INSTALLED PLANNED GRAND TOTAL
1998/99 0.05 --- 0.05
2002/03 0.225 --- 0.225
2003/04 1.0189 --- 1.0189
2004/05 0.9078 --- 0.9078
2006/07 1.369 --- 1.369
2007/08 1.525 --- 1.525
2008/09 0.0909 --- 0.0909
2009/10 2.128 --- 2.128
2010/11 3.2088 --- 3.2088
2011/12 0.7559 --- 0.7559
2012/13 --- 0.4433 0.4433
Grand Totals 11.2793 0.4433 11.7226

Through a combination of cogeneration, wind and fuel cell sources, the CSU is also on target to reach and exceed a trustee goal of 50 MW of onsite generation by 2014. Currently, the CSU generates 10.6 MW of solar energy, with an additional 11.5 MW planned, cogenerates 30.2 MW of energy and heat, and produces 1.2 MW at CSU Northridge's fuel cell plant and 10 KW of wind power at CSU San Bernardino. Each MW of onsite generation is equivalent to powering approximately 1,000 homes. This means that by reaching the trustees' target, the CSU will generate enough power for 50,000 homes while reducing the university's reliance on greenhouse gas-producing, "dirty" forms of energy.

 
Last Updated: April 23, 2013