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SunPower® Solar for Colleges and Universities

Colleges and universities save big with solar

See how Bakersfield College is saving with solar.

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SunPower is a leading solar partner for universities and colleges nationwide.

23MW  

of SunPower Solar

installed nationwide

$7B

electricity costs 

spent annually*

  • *. "What Drives College Costs?" National Association of College and University Business Offices. 2012.

$700M  

projected savings 

from 10% lower energy costs*

  • *. "What Drives College Costs?" National Association of College and University Business Offices. 2012.

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Case Studies

U.S. Air Force Academy solar school net zero energy benefits
U.S. Air Force Academy
6 MW of SunPower® solar helps USAFA move towards goal of a Net Zero energy base.
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Princeton University
Central to Princeton’s sustainability efforts, this solar system reduces the University’s need for fossil-fuel-based electricity sources.
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University of California, Davis
One of the largest university-based systems to date in North America, the solar plant produces approximately 33 million kWh annually.

Community Colleges Go Solar with SunPower
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Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa and Petaluma, CA

2.6 MW solar + 1.3 MW storage

$29 Million in 25-Year Net Savings

Offsets 39% of the Santa Rosa campus annual electric load

Offsets 94% of the Petaluma campus annual electric load

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California's West Valley Community College District goes solar


Saratoga and Santa Clara, CA


2.2 MW solar

$17.5M projected savings over 25 years

Offsets 30% electricity needs

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California's Gavilan College goes solar

Gilroy, CA

1.4 MW solar + 500kW storage

$12.5M projected savings over 25 years

Offsets 75% of electricity needs

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Why go solar with SunPower?

30 Year  

track record

of successful solar projects

45%  

more power

than conventional panels*

  • *. 2 SunPower 327W compared to a Conventional Panel on same sized arrays (260W, 16% efficient, approx. 1.6 m2), 3% more energy per watt (based on 3pty module characterization and PVSim), 0.75%/yr slower degradation (Campeau, Z. et al. "SunPower Module Degradation Rate," SunPower white paper,  2013).

25 Year  

industry-leading

power and product warranty