The 20 year agreement will power nearly a quarter of USC’s campus.
USC has struck a landmark agreement with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, or LADWP. The university will help support LADWP’s Solar Farm in the Mojave Desert, called SpringBok 3. Some electricity produced there will be sent to University Park campus and some will go to the Health and Sciences campus. Keck Hospital will not receive any. The University has agreed to purchase about 30% of what the Solar farm produces either using the electricity or claiming it as an offset for the fossil fuels that also power USC. Zelinda Welch is an associate director of sustainability at USC facilities planning and management.