Campus Solar Projects

This year, the first two in a series of five planned solar power installations were completed on campus in order to reduce carbon emissions and bring cost-effective clean energy to UCSB.

Phase II of the project will soon be underway for solar array installations at Parking Structures 50 (San Clemente Villages), 18 (Mesa) and 10 (adjacent to Elings Hall). When the project is complete, these solar systems will generate approximately 12 percent of UCSB's total electrical needs.

The installation of the Phase II solar arrays will cause temporary disturbances at the following parking structures:

San Clemente (PS-50): Construction is expected to take place from December 27th, 2016 through April, 2017 with the steel being lifted onto the upper level between December 19th and 27th. All of the parking spaces on the upper level will be temporarily out of service. Parking for residents of San Clemente Villages will be available in adjacent Lot 38 during this time.

Elings (PS-10): Construction is expected to take place from December 27th, 2016 through April, 2017 with the steel being lifted onto the upper level between December 27th and January 8th. All of the spaces on the upper level will be temporarily out of service.

Mesa (PS-18): Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in March or April of 2017. Once a firm date is received from the contractor, additional information will be distributed.

During the time that the steel is being lifted onto the parking structures there will be traffic disruptions around each location with lane closures and traffic re-routing. Once the lifting is complete there will be some added construction traffic, but no additional lane closures or detours are expected.

Alternative parking for the users of PS-10 and PS-18 can be found in Parking Lots 1, 11, 12, and 16. In order to minimize inconvenience, the work at PS-10 and PS-18 will be staggered to the extent possible such that parking capacity is not reduced at both structures simultaneously. Please help by considering alternative transportation until the work is complete. 

We appreciate your patience as we work to make our campus a more sustainable place to work and study.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss this further, please contactGeorge Levinthal, Design & Construction Services Project Manager at or Jordan Sager, Campus Energy Manager at  .