Energy Efficiency, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - March 16, 2018
University of Dayton signs PPA for solar power
The University of Dayton has signed a PPA calling for the installation of 4,026 solar panels with a capacity of 1.26 megawatts, expected to provide approximately 2% of campus-wide power consumption and offset carbon emissions by about 1% annually.
According to a report from the University, the arrays, expected to be online by early 2019, will be installed on the front lawn of Daniel J. Curran Place and the roof of Fitz Hall will provide nearly 10 percent of the power consumption of both buildings. The arrays also will power electric car charging stations at both locations. These arrays join existing smaller arrays on five student residences.
As part of the PPA, Cincinnati-based Melink Corporation will engineer and construct the arrays, and sell the electricity to the University. The University has an option to purchase the arrays after eight years. During the 30-year lifespan of the arrays, the University anticipates it will save about $300,000 and prevent 39,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being added to the atmosphere.
"One attractive feature of working with Melink is that Melink involves our students in this project from the very beginning and on an ongoing basis," said Bob Brecha, director of research in the University of Dayton Hanley Sustainability Institute. "Our campus has quite intentionally become a giant sustainability lab where students from all majors can have a hand in many of our efforts to become a greener campus."
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