Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.50
Liaison Mark Maxwell
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of California, Merced
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.03 / 4.00 Breeana Sylvas
Assistant Director
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Total energy consumption, performance year:
227,646.57 MMBtu

Clean and renewable electricity (report kilowatt-hours):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity from certified/verified clean and renewable sources (i.e., bundled green power purchases) 23,078,482 Kilowatt-hours 78,743.78 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, clean and renewable sources (rights retained/retired) 10,769,299 Kilowatt-hours 36,744.85 MMBtu

A brief description of the certified/verified sources of clean and renewable electricity:

UC Merced is a participant in the University of California Wholesale Power Program (Clean Energy Program). The campus sources 100% carbon free electricity through the program, along with all ten campuses. The University of California was ranked #1 by among colleges and universities by the US Environmental Protection Agency for green power usage and is listed as the top University System for green power.



A brief description of the on-site renewable electricity generating facilities/devices:

A 1 MW solar photovoltaic array began operation in November 2009, the campus also intalled a 5 MW system which has a dual purpose and serves as a carport for vehicles.

Clean and renewable thermal energy (report MMBtu):
Clean and renewable stationary fuels used on-site to generate thermal energy 0 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water from certified/verified clean and renewable sources 0 MMBtu

A brief description of the clean and renewable stationary fuels:

The campus at this time does not sources clean or renewable stationary fuels.

A brief description of the certified/verified sources of clean and renewable thermal energy:

The campus at this time does not source clean or renewable thermal energy.

Unbundled renewable energy products (report kWh):
kWh MMBtu
Purchased RECs, GOs, I-RECs or equivalent unbundled renewable energy products certified by a third party 0 Kilowatt-hours 0 MMBtu

A brief description of the unbundled renewable energy products:

The university sources power through the University of California (UC) Wholesale Power Program (Clean Power Program) which is a Energy Service Provider (ESP). The UC ESP provides 100% carbon free clean green power to campuses. The figure provided is reflective of the power the university sources through its agreement. UC ESP Renewable Energy Credits are retired (in WREGIS).

Total clean and renewable energy generated or purchased:
115,488.63 MMBtu

Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for clean and renewable energy is available:
Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass ---
Coal ---
Geothermal ---
Hydro 39.40
Natural gas ---
Nuclear ---
Solar photovoltaic 47
Wind ---
Other (please specify and explain below) 13.50

A brief description of other sources of electricity not specified above:

The other sources of electricity are "unspecified sources of power," meaning electricity from transactions that are not traceable to specific generation sources.

Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass 0
Coal 0
Electricity 0
Fuel oil 0
Geothermal 0
Natural gas 100
Other (please specify and explain below) 0

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The total energy consumption includes all power sources used by the institution, including the power sourced by the university from its energy service provider. The figure also includes the campus one mega-watt and five-mega-watt solar pv.

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