Mobile solar products to set a new standard for clean energy usage at CSUN
California State University, Northridge has entered into an agreement with DC Solar Freedom to provide solar energy products at its Northridge campus, at no cost to the University. The first-of-its-kind initiative by DC Solar Freedom is aimed at institutions of higher education that seek to encourage the use of clean energy, and to educate and empower their communities to discover new and innovative uses for solar.
CSUN, the first Los Angeles-area university to partner with DC Solar, will receive 42 mobile solar products for use in and around campus, including:
- EV charging stations that will allow off-grid car charging
- Light towers to enhance campus safety and security
- Power Stations: outdoor work spaces that come fully equipped to charge electronic devices
- Generators for multiple off-grid applications on and around campus
DC Solar Freedom is able to offer these units at no cost to campuses. Funding for this program is provided through a third-party Power Purchase Agreement, allowing the third-party to utilize vacant space on the unit for additional brand recognition.
DC Solar Freedom’s CEO, Jeff Carpoff: “Colleges and universities are home to some of the foremost thought-leaders on sustainability, yet when it comes to accessing renewable energy for their own use, they are often caught between capital costs and trying to reduce their carbon footprint. DC Solar Freedom offers a solution by placing renewable products on campus at no cost, thereby allowing these communities to integrate clean energy into their daily lives. We are proud to help deliver the tools California State University, Northridge needs to achieve its sustainability goals.”
“CSUN’s partnership with DC Solar will prove to be extremely helpful for the campus not only from an education standpoint for students to realize how solar is being used and the potential applications for it in the future, but they also provide a great source of power in the event the campus experiences a disaster, ultimately building on our resiliency,” said CSUN’s Sustainability Program Manager Austin Eriksson.
CSUN’s partnership with DC Solar Freedom represents the commitment we make to our students and the community – a commitment to fostering sustainability and a clean energy future that will allow them to thrive.
Serving more than 40,000 students each year, CSUN is one of the largest universities in the United States, and it has an impact to match its size. Money Magazine recently named CSUN one of the top ten values in all of higher education, and the Social Mobility Index ranked CSUN fifth in the nation for elevating its students’ economic and social well-being. CSUN ranks 10th in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to underrepresented minority students, fifth nationally in awarding master’s degrees to Hispanic students and enrolls the largest number of deaf and hard-of-hearing students of any U.S. state university. CSUN’s 171 academic programs and engaged centers enjoy international recognition for excellence. CSUN currently partners with more than 100 institutions of higher education in 22 countries around the globe and attracts the largest international student population of any U.S. master’s level institution. Situated on a 356-acre park-like setting in the heart of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, the campus features modern educational buildings and world-class LEED Gold-certified performing arts and recreational facilities recognized as among the best in the country. CSUN is a welcoming university that champions accessibility, academic excellence and student success.
About DC Solar Freedom
DC Solar Freedom, Inc. is a California Benefit Corporation that facilitates the incorporation of off-grid mobile solar products into educational institutions that desire a move away from fossil and towards a more sustainable future. For more information about DC Solar Freedom, please visit http://dcsolarfreedom.com
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