In News Release

For Immediate Release:  

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Media Contacts:

Bronte Payne, Campaign Director, (w) 617-747-4327 (c) 248-410-4857,

Josh Chetwynd, Communications Manager, (w) 303-573-5558 (c) 310-779-1049, 


Statement: University of Arizona commits to 100 percent renewable electricity

BOSTON — The University of Arizona announced a plan last week to install enough solar and wind power —  along with storage — to meet the entire campus’ electricity needs. The university will work with Tucson Electric Power to purchase electricity from a local solar-plus-storage system and a wind farm in New Mexico. 

With this announcement, the University of Arizona joins other higher education leaders such as the University of California system and Boston University in shifting to 100 percent renewable electricity. All these schools are part of the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3), which is a group of leading North American research universities working to help communities achieve their climate goals. 

Bronte Payne, 100% Renewable Campuses campaign director with Environment America Research & Policy Center, made the following statement on the announcement: 

“The University of Arizona’s decision to purchase enough solar and wind energy to meet all of its electricity needs reflects a growing 100 percent renewable energy trend on college campuses across the U.S. We hope this type of climate leadership will continue to encourage other schools to make this vital commitment. 

“We look forward to working with the University of Arizona in implementing its plan and stand ready to help other universities ready to continue making higher education a shining example of leadership in the clean energy revolution.” 



Environment America Research & Policy Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting our air, water and open spaces. We work to protect the places we love, advance the environmental values we share, and win real results for our environment. Environment America Research & Policy Center is part of The Public Interest Network. The Public Interest Network runs organizations committed to our vision of a better world, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to getting things done.

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