West Village Progress Toward ZNE Goal

Solar energy

UC Davis West Village is the largest planned zero net energy community in the United States. It is on track to demonstrate, for the first time, that zero net energy is practical on a large scale.

West Village is a new campus neighborhood located on UC Davis land adjacent to the core campus in Davis, California. It is designed to enable faculty, staff and students to live near campus, take advantage of environmentally friendly transportation options, and participate fully in campus life.

Homes for sale to faculty and staff are planned to be priced at below-market values. Student residences will be competitively priced, as compared to other rental options in the City of Davis or on campus, based on location and amenities.  Other unique features include:

  • The $280 million project is made possible by an innovative public-private partnership; it is supported with nearly $7.5 million in federal and state grants to study zero net energy systems.
  • Energy efficiency measures have reduced projected energy demand by approximately 50 percent as compared to current building code requirements. Renewable energy will meet the remaining energy needs on an annual basis.
  • The project draws on the expertise of UC Davis faculty and research centers. New technologies being explored include the use of a biodigester, developed by a UC Davis professor, to make energy from campus waste.
  • For residents, down-to earth design meets advanced technology with web and smartphone applications for monitoring energy use and saving electricity.
  • UC Davis has partnered with Sacramento City College, Davis Center to create the first community college center on a UC campus.