The UC Davis West Village is the product of a public-private partnership between the university and the West Village Community Partnership led by San Francisco-based Carmel Partners along with Urban Villages of Denver. A key feature in the development’s off grid profile will be its high-efficiency solar power system, designed to take advantage of the region’s sunny year-round climate.
This 4-megawatt solar power system will come courtesy of SunPower of San Jose, and will generate the equivalent of 100 percent of the electricity needed to house 4,500 people, including students, staff and faculty. (The system will sell power back to the grid when it’s producing more than the development can use, and purchase electricity from the grid at night.)
The photovoltaic system includes rooftop solar power installations and solar canopies over parking areas.