U Community Solar tops Mount Olympus

USolarMountainrectangleBy Stephanie Dolmat-Connell, Facilities Management

U Community Solar continues to shine—our program just passed a huge milestone with over 115 people committed to installing a total of more than half a megawatt of solar. Let’s put the numbers in perspective:

  • If you took every solar panel from the 551 kilowatts committed and laid the panels end to end, it would stretch over 35 football fields in length.
  • Stacked end to end, the U Community Solar panels would be taller than the peak of Mount Olympus, starting from sea level.
  • The amount of renewable sun power that these panels will produce over their 25-year lifetimes is equivalent to saving more than 84 rail cars worth of coal from being burned.

USolarFootballsquareThe University of Utah is the first university in the nation to sponsor a community solar program, and our program has surpassed the two other past community solar programs in Utah. The U program is more than double what Salt Lake Community Solar (2012) installed and is one and a half times what Summit Community Solar (2013) installed. The largest community solar program we have found to date was conducted in Amherst, MA and achieved 1.2 MW (1,200 kW). Can U Community Solar catch up? We think so, but we need your help!

If you or someone you know is interested in going solar, there are still opportunities to participate and install a solar system at your home. You can start by taking the solar survey or attend an upcoming workshop to learn more. The workshops are:

  • Wednesday, September 10th, University Union, 4:00 – 5:30pm, RSVP or learn more here;
  • Thursday, September 25th, Marriott Library, 12:00 – 1:30pm, RSVP or learn more here.

U Community Solar is proud to use American-made solar panels from SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar panel manufacturer since 1975.

Stephanie Dolmat-Connell is a senior research analyst with Facilities Management.

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