Stanford’s 100% Renewable Electricity by 2021: Role Model for Universities and Institutions in PH


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Metro Manila, 2021 - Starting with the 67-megawatt Stanford Solar Generating Station #1 in Rosamond, California in 2016, Stanford University, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, has been planning to use 100% renewable electricity by late 2021, more than two decades ahead of California’s goal of a carbon-free grid by 2045.


An additional 5-megawatt on-campus rooftop solar power came online in 2017. “Fortunately, the main grid of campus is roughly on an east-west axis, meaning that the backs of our buildings are close to directly facing south – optimum direction for maximizing photovoltaic energy production,” said Scott Gould, senior energy engineer at Stanford. “We have several flat roofs – such as Bing Concert Hall and Braun Music Center – that are also ideal for photovoltaics.”


Completing the university’s transition to clean power, Stanford finalized an agreement on an 88-megawatt solar plant to be constructed in central California. The plant is scheduled to go online in late 2021. Together, the three installations will produce enough clean renewable electricity each year to equal the university’s annual electricity consumption.


In addition to being solely powered by clean energy, Stanford achieved a 50% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions in 2015, when they replaced an aging, gas-fired cogeneration plant that had served the university since 1987 with an electricity-powered heating and cooling plant.


As technology catches up with the need of replacing dirty sources of energy, PHILERGY German Solar hopes that universities and other institutions in the Philippines take advantage of high-quality German Solar systems to similarly cut down their dependence on depleting fossil fuels.