After years of pupil surveys and requests, the Auraria Campus in Downtown Denver has put in the biggest singular rooftop photovoltaic array within the downtown space. Greater than 2,100 photovoltaic panels have been put in atop the Auraria Library in an undertaking that took greater than a year to finish.
“It’s going to generate simply over 1,000,000 kilowatt hours yearly,” stated Chris Herr, sustainability Officer for the Auraria Campus. “We truly did a survey to seek out what’s essential to (college students.) Aside from recycling and composting, recyclable power on the website was No. 2 to that.”
The campus teamed up with Namaste Solar out of Boulder to finish the $1 million challenge. The solar panels will energy the library for two-thirds of the year.
“That’s going to scale back our campus utilization by about 2.5%, which is de facto thrilling,” Herr stated. “It’s been pupil-pushed for a very long time. So, I’m pleased that we had been lastly in a position to do that array.”
Jackie Slocomb of the Auraria Sustainable Campus Program mentioned the library was a logistically sensible location to put in the venture on campus. “The solar panels enable us to seize power from the solar. Which, right here in Colorado, shines fairly often,” Slocomb mentioned.
Whereas the mission funding was accessible earlier than the venture set up, the panels will take practically 15 years to pay themselves off. Nevertheless, Herr stated the panels would nonetheless generate income for the campus, whereas saving the setting.
“The lifetime of this undertaking must be round 30 (years.) So, for half of the undertaking, we’re going to be producing some further income for this system,” Herr mentioned.