The state of California has partnered with SunEdison to provide affordable solar power at 15 California State University (CSU) campuses and the CSU executive office, Environmental News Service reports. Under an agreement signed Oct. 20, SunEdison will finance, build, and operate the solar panels for 20 years. CSU will be able to buy the renewable power they generate at or below current retail rates while avoiding the cost of installing the system. The public-private partnership will protect the environment by providing a zero-emission, 8-megawatt solar photovoltaic power system to the university campuses, the parties say. This amount of solar power covers 5 percent of the CSU system’s annual energy use. Over the life of the contract, the partnership will offset about 9,485 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of removing 48,937 cars from the road, the university calculates. "California is going green, and we are doing it first and we are doing it fast," said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. "With the partnership being announced today between California and SunEdison, we are seeing more tangible results and more follow-through in reducing our state’s carbon footprint. This partnership is a good deal for the state, the planet, and our economy–all at no cost to taxpayers." New SunEdison solar panels will be installed on rooftops, atop parking canopies, and in ground-mounted arrays at the CA Maritime Academy in Vallejo and the 15 campuses at CSU Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Chico, Fullerton, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Pomona (Cal Poly), Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, Palm Desert, San Francisco, San Marcos, Stanislaus, and the CSU Office of the Chancellor, Long Beach…

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