As we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2021 solar panels are being installed to rooftops of buildings on campus (see map for locations). We plan to install five solar photovoltaic (PV) systems capable of delivering 1,105,160 kWh of electricity in the first year. All of these solar panels systems will be connected to the utility grid and metered against existing electricity usage. Each facility will contribute an economic benefit in the form of electricity cost savings, which are projected to be over $900,000 over the years of the solar power purchase agreement with Solar Landscape, LLC.
Over the life of the system 11,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be eliminated from our footprint. This volume of carbon emissions reduction is equivalent to driving 27,153,555 fewer miles in a car, or displacing CO2 emissions from the annual electric use of 1,935 homes. Delbarton’s solar power system will provide students a hands-on experience with a renewable energy source. Learning about the technology and functionality of Delbarton’s solar array can serve as a lesson for students, supplementing their understanding in chemistry, physics, engineering and environmental studies.