Institute for Sustainable Development
Solar Array Photo

The solar array on top of two campus rooftops generate about 300 kw of power per hour, estimating over $280,000 savings over a 20 year period.

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Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

Energy and Utilities

Energy use on campus is a large contributor to the emissions into our atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels. By reducing energy consumption, the campus can save money and reduce its impact on the environment. Energy use reduction through the introduction of energy efficient technologies, retrofits, and education have helped the California State University, Chico control its energy use while focusing on energy reduction strategies for the future.  

Thermal Energy Storage

Facilities Management and Services' Thermal Energy Storage (TES) allows FMS to run chillers at night and store chilled water in a tank for use the following day. This avoids running the chiller at peak hours, which reduces the cost and demand for energy when the electrical grid is on the verge of overload, and decreases campus electric demand by 1.5 megawatts.

Renewable Energy Resolution

A Resolution in Support of Green Building and Clean, Renewable Energy states that all new buildings will incorporate sustainable practices by following the LEED framework of the U.S. Green Building Council.

North State Renewable Energy Group

The North State Renewable Energy Group is a new nonprofit partnership between CSU, Chico, government agencies, businesses, and activists in the Chico area which focuses on renewable energy projects on the CSU, Chico campus.


WRI Report from World Resources Institute: Hot Climate, Cool Commerce (pdf file)

Overview, Scott McNall, August 2009: Reducing Energy Consumption (pdf file)