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May 21, 2003

Cal State Hayward to Install One Megawatt of Solar Power

The title of "world leader in university-owned solar power systems" will go to California State University, Hayward by this summer. Cal State Hayward announced in early May that it plans to install solar power modules in fixed locations on the roofs of three of the largest buildings on campus, in addition to a sun-tracking solar power system that will be located in an unused field. PowerLight Corporation will build the systems, which will have a combined peak generating capacity of 1.05 megawatts. Thanks to state rebates, the university will pay only half the cost of the $7.11-million project, which should cut the university's electric bill by $200,000 per year. See the Cal State Hayward press release.

Solar power rebates are just one of the factors that earned California an A-minus grade in a recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists on state support for renewable energy. Only California and Nevada earned A-minuses, while 34 states received failing grades of D or F. See the UCS press release, which includes a link to the full report.