Go solar University of California Merced

University of California, Merced

Part of the SunPower® Luminary Series


"We have always set ambitious goals for sustainability in our campus construction and operations, and our partnership with SunPower will help us reach those goals.“

Colleen McCormick | Director of Sustainability






20-year savings


system size

installed or under construction

22 tons

CO2 emissions

offset in 30 years

Why they chose SunPower

UC Merced goes solar with SunPower

With SunPower’s power purchase agreement (PPA), UC Merced had no upfront capital outlay and locked in energy prices that are competitive with retail electricity rates.


Go solar University of California Merced

SunPower has a track record of high-performing solar projects and is responsible for more than 70% of solar under construction or operating at University of California facilities.


Go solar University of California Merced

The SunPower T20 Tracker® system captures up to 30% more sunlight than conventional fixed-tilt systems by following the sun throughout the day delivering more power over time.

Go solar University of California Merced



The Road to Net Zero

The University of California, Merced’s precedent-setting Triple Zero Commitment aims for zero net energy use, the creation of zero net landfill waste and climate neutrality on campus by 2020, a goal that coincides with the university's expansion project to nearly double the campus's physical capacity by that same year.

SunPower played an important role in helping to achieve these goals with their initial 1 MW solar installation, and they also chose SunPower to install an additional 5-megawatt solar power system featuring a carport-and-rooftop installation, complemented by a 500-kilowatt energy storage solution from Stem.