The green initiative on the Newark campus continues with a massive installation of solar panels.
Work is underway on the largest solar panel installation in the state at the University of Delaware. Standard Solar is installing the highly visible array atop the school’s field house on South College Avenue.
Standard Solar president Scott Waiter says his while his company will own the solar panels on top of the Field House and two other locations on campus, UD officials have agreed to purchase the power from Standard Solar for the next 20 years. “Delaware’s been a great state for us with the recent legislation that’s gone through, and we’re seeing a lot of movement toward a true stance in the renewable space. So, we think that’s great. We’re expanding our office here, and we’re excited to do more projects in Delaware.”
The solar array on the field house and other buildings on campus is expected to produce 1,035,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. That’s also expected to reduce the University’s carbon footprint by 1.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide. The system is being funded in part by a gift from the senior class of 2009.