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USD implements solar-powered ‘EnergiPlants’ for outdoor lighting

San Diego, CA, USA
USD - School of Engineering
Contact Partner


7 Thousand USD

Project Status

Operational since 2020


outdoor lighting

Challenges Addressed

Citizen Engagement
Energy Efficiency


Smart city
Sustainable city

Funding / Financing

Public Private Partnership

Project Type


At a Glance

The University of San Diego (USD) utilizes Primo Energy "EnergiPlants" as a way of providing outdoor lighting, charging and other services - all powered by the wind and sun. USD has provided these energy-efficient solutions at the Shiley Marcos School of Engineering, Manchester Athletic Fields and the Kroc School.

Problem Addressed

USD was looking for a more active way to engage with its students, promote sustainability and increase outdoor lighting around campus without installing new light posts and trenching for electricity lines.

The challenge was finding a solution that would be cost effective and without a sunk cost to the university. "EnergiPlants" represented an ideal solution because they were self-ballasting, self-contained and could be moved anywhere, sometimes even while fully assembled.

Solution(s) Used

USD utilizes Primo Energy "EnergiPlants" as a student resource for device charging and campus lighting. It also serves as a venue for school messaging and branding.


  1. "EnergiPlants" serve as beacons of sustainability. They are a testament to the University of San Diego's commitment to sustainability and a cleaner campus environment.
  2. The students at USD find the "EnergiPlant" to be a cool place to sit, hangout, charge electronic devices and enjoy the safety in a lighted area during the day and at night.

Something Unique

The "EneriPlant" is the first of its kind — with a completely original design and a seamless integration of wind and solar with battery storage, it shows what can be done off-grid.

Who Should Consider?

Municipalities, Universities, K-12, Apartment Communities

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