25 Apr '11, 1pm

Solar on Campus

But the university wanted to improve its sustainability profile, reduce its electric bill and offer a teachable experience for its 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students. An early plan to site solar PV on some of the university's classroom rooftops was set aside due to cost and lack of space from existing heating, ventilating and cooling equipment. That left a second option: cover portions of university-owned surface parking lots with elevated PV panels. The option presented engineering challenges such as drilling footers that reach into the shallow bedrock and bracing the tall structures against wind forces. It also presented economic challenges stemming from the cost of building atop the parking lots. These and other challenges were overcome and since October 2010 the university has hosted a 3 MW solar PV array. (An additional 500 kW is expected to come online in 201...

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