Client: University of California
Location of Project: Santa Cruz, CA
Project Description: As the lead for energy efficiency and renewable generation and battery energy storage, ARC Alternatives was a key team member on a recently completed project to support the campus with an integrated climate and energy strategy. The scope of work included developing and implementing a comprehensive energy efficiency audit with a focus on therm savings, deep energy efficiency opportunities, and carbon emission reduction for approximately 2.5M SF; conducting a renewable energy feasibility study, with a focus on solar thermal, solar photovoltaics, and battery energy storage; Conducting a technical/economic analysis based on all pertinent inputs and recommending the most cost-effective, attainable strategies (projects, policy updates, procurement, etc.) for addressing campus climate and energy goals; and integrating faculty and students into the overall Strategy. The process resulted in over 1050 energy efficiency and 12 renewable generation project identified, and a cost-effective plan for the campus to exit Cap and Trade and reach carbon neutrality by 2025.