The University of California, Berkeley, is in the process of closing the doors of its solar energy business, which had been operating at a rapid pace, after California’s regulatory agencies ruled that its solar panels were not covered under state renewable energy incentives.
The Berkeley-based university said in a statement that the solar panels are expected to be shut down for at least two years, but the university is not planning to shutter the entire campus.
The university had been planning to install about 1,000 panels for solar power installations on campus in the coming years, it said.
California regulators said last week that the university was violating state law by selling panels that were not certified for the use of its buildings and schools.
In a statement, Berkeley said the university will continue to develop and install solar energy technology, but will not expand solar installations.
It said the school is “working diligently” to ensure compliance with state regulations and will continue with its efforts to create a more sustainable future for the campus.
Solar panels are part of the campus’ energy grid, which also supplies electricity to the campus and surrounding areas.
Under a policy called the Berkeley Green Roof Program, the university sells electricity to a local utility company and pays for a renewable energy credit that can be used for renewable energy projects, like installing solar panels.
But the policy is not in place for all of the school’s solar energy projects.
Those that do go ahead require a degree in environmental studies or a related field.
A spokesman for the California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the university, declined to comment.
One of the most popular solar power projects on campus is the “Solar Roof Power Project,” which will be completed in the fall.
The project will create about 1.4 megawatts of solar energy by using an array of about 200 solar panels to create power from a rooftop solar system on the campus, according to the university.
It will also create jobs by providing solar power for customers in the community.
More to come.