The University of California Davis (UC Davis) West Village is designed as a model community for zero net energy buildings in California. The 130-acre campus is expected to house nearly 3,000 people in 662 apartments and 343 single-family homes. The project is located in Davis in Yolo County and uses a variety of innovative energy savings measures and a large solar photovoltaic system that is expected to generate enough power to meet the needs of apartment residents and commercial entities.
To date, a four megawatt solar photovoltaic system, solar-reflective roofing, aggressive energy efficiency features, radiant barrier roof sheathing, high-efficiency light fixtures, and added insulation have been put into place. Units are equipped with high-efficiency air conditioning systems and appliances. On the horizon is an anaerobic digester that will produce biogas to generate electricity for the West Village neighborhood and the UC Davis campus.
- Sustainable design of the site and buildings will reduce reliance on cars, limit energy consumption, enable energy production, and contribute to a healthy environment.
- The project created 20 permanent positions (on-site property management); nine full-time positions and employed 350 subcontractors during construction. (These figures do not include product manufacturing workforce.)
Key Developers and Partners
- West Village Community Partnership
- University of California, Davis.
- California Energy Commission
- Energy Commission matching American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grant program
- Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership
- U.S. Department of Energy's Community Renewable Energy Deployment
- California Public Utility Commission's California Solar Initiative
Type of Project
Zero net energy mixed use, multi-unit housing community
UC Davis West Village opened in August 2011. To date 662 student-resident apartments are available. . Future plans for single-family model homes are underway and timing for completion is still being determined.
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Electric vehicle manufacturing
Electric vehicle charging infrastructure
Smart grid/solar/wind/fuel cell/advanced energy storage/solar thermal
Zero net energy mixed use, multi-unit housing communities