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Going Green At UC San Diego

The UC San Diego campus today took another step toward generating more of its own power. Crews began installing a solar panel system on top of a six-story parking structure. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce h

Going Green At UC San Diego

The UC San Diego campus today took another step toward generating more of its own power.  Crews began installing a solar panel system on top of a six-story parking structure.  KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

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A giant crane hauled up the steel and concrete tubes to the top of the Gilman parking structure on the UC San Diego campus.

The tubes, which are called solar trees, are used to hold photovoltaic panels.

When the installation is finished, the solar system on top of the parking structure will provide shade while generating electricity.

David Weil works for UCSD's sustainability program.  

<b> Weil: </b> But we do want to generate the energy, our own, as much as possible and make it as efficient as possible. Right now we make about 80 percent of our own energy this will bump us up to about 85 percent of our own energy. <br>
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The solar system is part of UC San Diego's green energy program.

Weil says more solar panels will be installed on other buildings across the 1,200-acre campus.

UC San Diego's green energy program will eventually produce enough electricity for more than 4,500 homes a year.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.