Palo Alto, California. Stanford University Hoover Tower. Image: Jejim Shutterstock

Stanford University has said it will run on 100% renewable energy by 2021, coinciding with the presentation of its second solar power plant.

The 88-megawatt solar power plant will be located in central California, near Lemoore, and is expected to be completed within the next three years, university officials say.

“Completing our transition to clean energy marks a breakthrough in our efforts to provide a sustainable learning environment for our campus,” University Chancellor Marc Tessier-Lavigne said in a public statement.

With an existing solar power plant in Rosamond and solar panels on campus rooftops, Stanford expects these three energy sources to produce the same electricity as its annual energy consumption.

Stanford peaked greenhouse gas emissions in 2011 at more than 200,000 metric tons per year, according to university officials, but has since fallen to less than 80,000.

The change is attributed to the Rosamond solar power plant, which started operating in 2016.


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