THURSDAY 03 FEBRUARY, 2011 |
5.3 MW Solar Farm For Princeton University
Princeton University in the USA has announced a project to build a 5.3 megawatt
solar farm - one of the largest facilities at a U.S. college or university.
The solar energy plant will be constructed on 11 hectares of land and will
consist of 16,500 solar
. The facility will generate around 8 million kilowatt-hours of solar
annually; enough to provide the power needs of 7,000 households
and equivalent to 5.5 percent of Princeton's annual electricity
Princeton University says the project will be funded and owned Key Equipment
Finance, who will lease it to the institution.
Michael McKay, Princeton's vice president for facilities, said the University
hopes its approach will serve as a national model and that the facility will
also be used as an educational tool for Princeton students.
Trackers will be used on much of the solar farm in order to maximise energy capture.
The trackers employ GPS technology to track the sun as it moves across the sky.
This isn't Princeton's first solar farm; two other systems are in operation on
the University's campus. A 5,000 solar module array was installed on the rooftop
of the Research Collections and Preservation Consortium in 2009 and a 216 panel
solar power system is situated at the Frick Chemistry Laboratory.
The University has a goal of reducing its annual carbon dioxide emissions to 1990 levels (95,000 metric tons) by
2020 as part of its overall sustainability plan. Princeton has reduced its emissions over the last two years by 2.5 percent.
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