University of Dayton adds 4,026 solar panels as part of ongoing sustainability efforts

Thousands of solar panels will be placed on the roof of Fitz Hall and the front lawn of Daniel J. Curran Place on the University of Dayton (UD) campus, as part of the school’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint and save on energy costs, the Dayton Business Journal reports. The 1.26-megawatt installation will provide nearly 10 percent of the two buildings’ power consumption, as well as power electric car-charging stations. The solar arrays will offset about 1 percent of campus-wide carbon emissions, the equivalent of annual carbon dioxide emissions from 1.4 million pounds of burned coal, 140 homes, or conserving 3,010 barrels of oil. Milford-based Melink Corporation will engineer and construct the arrays, and will sell the electricity to UD. The university expects to save approximately $300,000 over the 30-year lifespan of the panels. For more, read the full article.

Environmental, Renewable Energy