Campus to benefit from solar panel installations
ON THE GREEN | The University will install more than 2,000 solar panels on three buildings, funded in part from its 2009 senior class gift, which was earmarked for solar initiatives on campus.
The initial solar array will yield an 850-kilowatt solar electric system. Once completed, UD’s system is expected to generate approximately 1,035 kilowatt hours of electricity each year and result in 1.8 million fewer pounds of carbon dioxide being emitted annually. The avoided emissions will be the equivalent of reducing the use of gasoline by 93,363 gallons each year.
Standard Solar Inc., a full-service developer, integrator and installer of solar electric systems, will install the array, which will be jointly developed, owned and operated with its joint venture partner Perpetual Energy Systems, a comprehensive financier of solar-powered renewable energy systems.
“This project is another example of idea leadership and is in keeping with the Path to Prominence Initiative for the Planet and our ongoing efforts to become ‘The Green University,’” says UD President Patrick Harker.
The panels will be installed at the Delaware Field House, at Clayton Hall on the Laird Campus and at 461 Wyoming Road. The array at the Field House will be the largest single rooftop installation in the state of Delaware.
The University was a pioneer and continues to lead in the field of photovoltaics, with a wide range of research both technical and in energy policy. UD research in solar energy has resulted in the development of 10 new technologies, eight of which are now patented, and 60 percent of these solar innovations have been licensed, all to U.S. companies. Research centers include the University of Delaware Energy Institute and the Institute for Energy Conversion.