Cal Poly Pomona University in southern California has taken anotherstep toward its ultimate goal: becoming a carbon neutral campus by 2030.
Last week, the university held a celebration at its John T. LyleCenter for Regenerative Studies to commemorate the installation of two,72-by-30-feet-wide Amonix solar panels that will produce 210,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) ofelectricity annually. That’s enough to power roughly 12 average-sizedAmerican homes each year.
The Amonix solar panels replace a 16-KW Amonix system that wasinstalled atop the Lyle Center way back in 1998. Replacing the systemmakes environmental and financial sense, as it makes the Lyle Centercarbon neutral and will save the university $30,000 each year in utility costs.
Here’s what Kyle Brown, director of the Lyle Center, told the Contra Costa Times about the system’s benefits:
“The benefits of this project go well beyond thereduction of greenhouse gas emissions … What’s good for the environmentcan also be good for business, the university and society.”
Cal Poly Pomona has other plans in the works besides solar power toreach its 2030 goal. In addition to continuing its 12-year relationshipwith Amonix and installing more on-campus solar capacity, the university has a campus-wide climate plan that includes energy efficiencyimprovements, transportation systems to reduce commuter pollution andthe integration of more climate change research and outreach intouniversity curriculum.