Energy Efficiency, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - September 21, 2018
UNMC adds state’s largest rooftop solar
The University of Nebraska’s Medical Center campus will install nearly 1,500 solar panels atop three buildings for a total of 500 kilowatts of capacity to become the largest rooftop solar array in the state. UNMC is partnering with the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) on the installation. Construction is expected to start this month and be completed by January 2019.
A report by Live Well Nebraska said the project will help UNMC and Nebraska Medicine, the university’s clinical partner, move toward their goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. "This is just a really good first step in that process," said Darren Dageforde, executive director of utilities and energy utilization for UNMC. The energy produced by the solar panels will stay on campus, first supplying the buildings that host them. Any extra electricity will power other campus buildings.
The university’s utilities group will pay for the installation of the arrays on the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education, the Truhlsen Eye Institute and the Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health. The costs of the installation are expected to be recovered in less than 10 years. UNMC and OPPD also have an agreement that allows them to work on energy-efficiency projects together.
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