If the steps California’s colleges are taking to incorporate solar power become the hot new trend, solar exchange traded funds (ETFs) could begin to heat up.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a public-private partnership to bring solar power to 15 California State University campuses, says Gale Holland for the Los Angeles Times.

Under the agreement, private company SunEdison will finance, build and install solar panels on rooftops, parking canopies and other ground-mounted displays. The firm will also operate and maintain the panels for 20 years, selling the power back to Cal State at or below market rates.

The project is expected to generate power equal to the annual energy consumption of 1,256 households. But the CSU system is no laggard in the green energy department: it already gets 20% of its power from green sources. This new project will bring it up to 25%.