University of Pittsburgh Adds Solar - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Solar  -  August 3, 2023

University of Pittsburgh Adds Solar

The University of Pittsburgh began the installation of the first of several rooftop solar installations across multiple campuses. 

The 108kW system was installed on the George B. Duke Engineering and Information Technologies Building on the Pitt-Bradford campus in Bradford, Pennsylvania. The solar system is operational and expected to produce 116,500 kWh of electricity each year, offsetting approximately 40% of the building’s total electricity use.

The rooftop solar installation is part of the university’s goal to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the Pitt-Bradford building.

The solar system was designed and installed by Pittsburgh-based installer, EIS Solar. It chose SolarEdge’s DC-optimized inverter solution to overcome design challenges that would have otherwise significantly reduced the amount of energy the system could produce.

“Pitt-Bradford is proud to boast the largest rooftop array across five University of Pittsburgh campuses to date,” said Dr. Matt Kropf, Director of the Energy Institute at Pitt-Bradford, in a statement. “This new solar installation joins one on the Richard E. and Ruth McDowell Sport and Fitness Center in helping Pitt-Bradford students experience the importance of solar first-hand in our growing energy and science curricula and our region.”

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