Monmouth University Gets More Solar PV

In 2005 Monmouth University, a private school in West Long Branch, New Jersey, installed a 454-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic (PV) system on four campus buildings. At the time, the system was the largest solar power array at any university east of the Mississippi River. Recently, the school has announced that it will install PV systems on seven additional campus buildings, increasing its current PV production capacity by about 200 kilowatts (kW).

The new systems will be installed by Pro-Tech Energy Solutions and partner Torcon. Power generated by the PV systems will be purchased under a long-term power purchase agreement. In addition to the seven buildings receiving solar panels, six buildings have been coated with a cool roof coating, which blocks the sun’s heat and UV rays, reducing interior temperatures and cooling costs.

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Over the years, Monmouth University has initiated several green building and campus sustainability projects, distinguishing itself among green schools. In 2009, Monmouth became the first independent university in New Jersey to sign a comprehensive green operating agreement through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership program. The school says that it has since reduced its carbon footprint by 11,299 metric tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalents (approximately equivalent to removing 2,160 vehicles from the road for a year).

Other recent campus sustainability projects at the school include a car sharing program, use of hybrid vehicles and solar golf carts, energy efficient lighting and water-saving fixtures and appliances, and reuse and recycling of landscape materials. “Monmouth University is committed to being a national leader in sustainable energy and will continue to implement programs to create a more energy efficient and environmentally responsible environment for our students and employees,” said President Paul G. Gaffney II.

Lauren Craig is a writer and consultant living in Seattle, WA. She holds an M.S. in International Development from Tulane University, and is co-founder of Sustainable Systems Integrators, LLC., an employee-owned solar energy design and installation firm in New Orleans, LA. She is also certified in PV design and installation by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

    • http://www.facebook.com/fraser.james James Fraser

      This is great news but I feel that the key to the future of energy is the decentralization of power generation.u00a0 Too much money is wasted in subsidized schemes.u00a0 If people could generate more power from home, things would be a lot better.u00a0 There are plenty of guides out there on how to achieve this.u00a0 Here for example is a good impartial review site on some of these guides:u00a0 http://diyenergyathome.com/index.php/category/home-energy-guides/

    • http://www.solardirectsavings.co.uk Feed In Tariff Solar Panels

      Well Done Monmouth – green electricity and an education in solar technology for the next generation!nnIn another first, a catamaran is set to complete a circumnavigation of the globe u2013 powered solely by solar power. Further proof if required about the abilities of solar panels to provide a total source of energy: http://www.solarpanelsblog.co.uk/2011/09/going-around-the-world-on-solar-power-is-now-a-reality/