Berkeley can build a clean electrified campus energy system, and demonstrate novel technologies and a decarbonized microgrid at scale
Berkeley must urgently decarbonize its campus energy system to meet the climate, operational, and educational goals of the next decade. Energy experts and Berkeley’s faculty, staff, and students have studied how to meet the decarbonization and resiliency needs of the campus while preparing for increasing energy demand. They have identified viable solutions to provide renewable electrified energy such that UC Berkeley will meet the vision of a clean energy system for the 21st century.
The Berkeley Clean Energy Campus is a set of initiatives that will transform Berkeley’s current campus heating, cooling, and power system into an electrified and renewable energy microgrid. This modernized system will largely eliminate fossil fuel combustion and related on-campus carbon emissions. The new system will enable reliable and resilient energy capacity that will support campus operations, research and enrollment into the future.
The Berkeley Clean Energy Campus supports the state of California and the University of California's priority to address the climate crisis. The initiative will also create a repository of clean energy knowledge and best practices and demonstrate how rapid, large-scale reduction of greenhouse gasses is possible.
The Berkeley Clean Energy Campus is now in the preliminary design stage. Breaking ground on an initial phase of construction is intended for 2025.