USF Deploying Solar Panels on Student Union

The University of South Florida is installing solar panels on the Marshall Student Center, according to The Oracle.

The $1.2 million project will feature almost 1,000 solar panels that will produce about 525 kWh of energy per year. The project adds to solar capacity that already exists on the building’s roof.

The story says that the project will reduce the school’s annual carbon dioxide emissions by about 370 metric tons. Construction will begin late this month and last until late May or early June. Funding is coming from administrative fees and the facilities planning budget.

There is a plan to install panels on the Richard A. Beard Parking Garage, though The Board of Trustees has not yet approved.

Universities often are cutting edge on energy issues. The collegiate mentality supports renewables and, of course, campuses use lots of energy. Last month, it was announced by four companies that Brandeis University has entered a power purchase agreement (PPA) to receive solar power from a 1.27MW rooftop system located in Somerville, MA.

Yesterday, Energy Manager Today, based on a story at Microgrid Knowledge, reported that The University of Missouri reduced its coal consumption by 73 percent through the use of a sophisticated microgrid.

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