Sustainable design of this UC Davis community will reduce reliance on cars, limit energy consumption, enable energy production, and contribute to a healthy environment

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.

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Detail of balconies on Viridian apartments at UC Davis West Village The Viridian apartments overlooking the Village Square at UC Davis West Village. This mixed use community includes roughly 42,500 square feet of retail space on the perimeter of a Village Square that was designed as a hub of neighborhood activity. The Viridian apartments are on the upper building stories.

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  • 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.


Map of UCD Solar Electric Generating System in California


Alta Wind Farm Powers Homes


CleanWorld Sacramento BioDigester

Anaerobic digester

Desert Sunlight Solar Farm

Solar photovoltaic

Electric Vehicles International

Electric vehicle manufacturing

Eos Energy Storage

Energy Storage

Public Electric Vehicle Charging at the South Coast Air Quality Management District

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Santa Rita Jail

Smart grid/solar/wind/fuel cell/advanced energy storage/solar thermal

Shiloh Wind Power Plant

Wind Power

Solar Star Projects


UC Davis West Village

Zero net energy mixed use, multi-unit housing communities