Largest college solar project in America to come from New Jersey school

Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 12:05 PM
posted by rene5432

Just outside the capital of New Jersey, one community college is preparing to build the largest college-based solar installation in the country, the most recent in a string of similar renewable energy projects.

According to CleanTechnica, the 8-megawatt (MW) project will entail building 33,500 solar photovoltaic panels in a 45-acre stretch of land on Mercer County Community College's (MCCC's) West Windsor campus. The array is part of an agreement between the school, local government, and solar company SunLight General Capital.

Per terms of the deal, MCCC will buy from SunLight electricity generated by the array for 3 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), much lower than the 14 cents per kWh it currently pays Public Service Electric and Gas. When completed, the renewable energy source will provide the school with 70 percent of its electricity, resulting in savings of $750,000 per year, the media outlet stated.

According to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, MCCC isn't the only institute to take on such a solar project. Across the country, colleges and universities are deriving thousands of kW from solar energy, including the United States Air Force Academy, Arizona Western College and Los Angeles Southwest College. 

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