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Environment / Sustainability

Governor's Energy Office helps with project to install solar panels on Engineering Building

June 18, 2009

Colorado State University, in partnership with the Governor's Energy Office, this week is installing photovoltaic cells on CSU's Engineering Building overlooking the Plaza on campus as a greenhouse gas reduction measure that can also serve as a demonstration to the university's commitment to sustainability.

Solar Panel Installation

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Beginning the installation process at the Engineering Building.

A front row seat to see the new addition.

Workers hustle to complete the multi-panel project.

Carrying the next panel to be installed.

Installing the next solar panel.

Drilling and examining a bottom panel.

Under the sun, putting a panel in place.

The three rows of panels near completion.

The Governor's Energy Office provided $35,000 in matching funds for a PV project grant as part of the state's 2009 Solar Rebate Program.

Renewable, clean energy from sun

The 18.9-kilowatt solar array is expected to produce more than 25,000 kilowatt hours per year and will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the Engineering Building by 18.3 metric tons per year. The solar panels are being mounted on the roof of the Engineering Building and will tie into the building's electrical system.

Learning experience for students

"The demonstration project will provide a valuable learning experience for students and will add to recent efficiency upgrades including new fluorescent lights, a closed loop-chilled water system, and a CO2 demand ventilation system," said Carol Dollard, energy engineer for CSU's Department of Facilities Management.

The project demonstrates Colorado State's continued commitment to sustainable and renewable energy and its leadership in creating the Governor's New Energy Economy. The grant program is administered by the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, which is funded by the Governor's Energy Office and includes 32 cities, utilities and non-profit partners.

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