Santa Clara University



Santa Clara University
968 kW DC

Santa Clara University, a private university located in Santa Clara, California, is host to a 968 kWh DC roof-mounted solar installation system. Distributed across the rooftops of the Leavey Center, Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center, and adjacent parking structure, the total system is estimated to produce 1,386,987 kWh annually; which covers approximately six percent of its typical electrical needs during the academic year and up to 20 percent of the summer daytime electricity demand. At no capital outlay from the host, PES financed and developed the systems by utilizing conventional financing and equity raised through federal renewable energy tax credit. Not only will this renewable resource present significant economic savings to the university, it will take them one step closer to fulfilling their goal of having climate neutrality by 2015. Santa Clara University’s estimated annual energy production is equivalent 996 metric tons of CO2 ­emissions a year.

The reduction of 996 metric tons of CO2 is equivalent to:

  • Taking 190 passenger vehicles off the road for the year
  • Electricity used to power 85 homes for the year
  • Carbon sequestered by 25,541 tree seedlings grown for 10 years
  • 5.2 railroad cars worth of coal