A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday for a 67-MW solar park in Kern County, California that will serve Stanford University.
The university partnered with US solar company SunPower Corp (NASDAQ:SPWR) on the project, called the Stanford Solar Generating Station, that will provide more than 50% of the campus' electricity. The system is not connected directly to Stanford, but it will buy all the power generated at a fixed price for 25 years.
The park is expected to be officially operational next week. It is the last major element of the Stanford Energy Systems Innovations (SESI) initiative through which Stanford will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 68% and fossil fuels use by 65%.
Construction on the 155,000-panel array in the Mojave Desert took five months and was completed weeks ahead of schedule.