11 Oct '11, 2pm

Colleges Going Solar in a Big Way

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installations on college campuses have increased 450% in the last three years to 137 megawatts (MW) according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Although 137 MW isn't a huge amount of solar, it's trending strongly up. In 2010, the market for on-campus solar was over $300 million in the U.S., taking a 5.4% share of of the US total of 956 MW. Since 2009, the median project size has grown six fold. Only five states installed more solar in 2010 than the 52 MW installed on U.S. campuses. The group created a database that shows hundreds of campus solar PV installations across the US. AASHE attributes the dramatically accelerating deployment of on-campus solar PV to the dropping costs of solar (40% lower over the last four years), as well as new financing mechanisms that make it even more affordable. Campu...

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