University of Delaware to Install Solar Array

It was announced today that the University of Delaware will install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system atop three buildings across the school’s main campus in Newark.

At 850 kilowatts (kW), the solar installation will, according to GetSolar’s solar cost calculator, produce approximately 950,00 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity eachyear — equal to the annual consumption of about 85 average Americanhouseholds.

The new system will not be the university’s first — nor last — forayinto solar power. A good deal of research in the field of photovoltaicstakes place at the school. And, as suggested in a press release, there may well be more solar to come:

“Designated by the U.S. Department of Energy as a‘national center of excellence’ in solar electric power, the Universityof Delaware ‘walks the walk,’ using the technology to assist its effortto reduce its carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2020,” said John Byrne,Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Energy andEnvironmental Policy who led a campus carbon inventory study released in fall, 2008. “This is an important step, which I hope will soon befollowed by additional actions to meet the plan’s goal of installing 6megawatts of solar power on campus.”

Financing for the project is being provided by Perpetual EnergySystems (LLC). Design and installation is being handled by StandardSolar, a Maryland solar installation firm serving the mid-Atlanticstates and Washington, DC.

While we were unable to find any images of the University of Delaware news, check out the following photo of Standar Solar’s installation atRockville Ice Arena:

Standard Solar solar installation at Rockville Ice Arena

See more photos on Standard Solar’s Facebook page.

University of Delaware to Install Solar Array


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