Is There A Solar Array On Your School’s Roof Or Land?
I am a firm believer that places of higher learning should lead by example. This is especially true when it comes to climate change and renewable energy technology. Universities and colleges should be teaching the cause and effects of climate change as well as the renewable energy technology that is the pathway to future free of fossil fuels.
The best way to show leadership in renewable energy adoption is to either buy your energy from verifiable renewable sources or install renewable generation on your property. Many universities and colleges are installing solar pv on the roof of their buildings or on the land they own, or buying renewable energy credits from wind energy farms like the one below.
This is the expected leadership from schools around one of the most threatening problems of our time. Here is what one university is doing.
Susquehanna University has entered into an agreement with WGL Energy Systems, to develop a 3.9 MW DC (3 AC MW) ground-mounted solar array that will supply 30 percent of the university’s electricity needs.
Construction has already begun on the 12,000-panel, 14-acre project, located at the Center for Environmental Education and Research (CEER) along the western border of campus on Sassafras Street. It is the largest university-sponsored solar array in Pennsylvania. The facility is expected to be completed by summer of 2018.
“WGL Energy is proud of our presence throughout Pennsylvania and to extend our offering of diverse and innovative energy solutions – it’s exciting to partner with the university and develop our first solar project in Pennsylvania,” said Sanjiv Mahan, president, WGL Energy Systems.
We look forward to expanding our business to provide more energy answers in the Commonwealth.
“Susquehanna University is proud to support the development of one of the largest solar projects in Pennsylvania,” said Jonathan D. Green, president, Susquehanna University.
This is a major step forward in the university’s commitment to implementing earth-friendly initiatives that are at the heart of responsible living in our interdependent world.
The solar array is estimated to produce more than 5,300 megawatt hours (MWh) per year of electricity, enough to power all of the campus’ residence halls and avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking approximately 787 cars off the road each year.
Susquehanna will purchase that electricity from WGL Energy. WGL Energy Systems, which has more than 200 MW of distributed generation projects installed or under contract across 20 states and the District of Columbia, will own and operate the facility under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).