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In its first year of commercial operation from December 11, 2015, to December 10, 2016, the Solar Farm generated 7,284 megawatt-hours (MWh) of clean, renewable energy for the Urbana campus, successfully meeting expectations.
Under a 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Phoenix Solar South Farms, LLC, the university acquires all of the power generated by the Solar Farm and all associated renewable energy credits and carbon credits. Notable first-year production achievements of the Solar Farm include:
- Provided 1.95% of projected FY17 annual electricity consumption1
- Supplied almost 14% of the campus electrical demand at noon on April 3, 2016
- Delivered 900 MWh of power to the campus grid in June 2016, the highest month of production
- Frequently generated over 4 MW of power; system capacity is 4.68 MWac
- Reduced the campus carbon footprint by more than 6,000 metric tons of CO2e
The Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP), the Urbana campus’ strategic sustainability plan, set a goal of obtaining at least 120,000 MWh of power per year from low-carbon sources by FY20. With the Solar Farm’s electrical production and the university’s wind PPA with Rail Splitter Wind Farm LLC, the campus is 25% of the way toward meeting this goal.
Hourly information on the Solar Farm’s energy production and impact to campus since first-connected in November 2015 is available at: http://go.illinois.edu/solar.Attached Files:
"As the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign considers installing more solar photovoltaic modules on the roofs of buildings, the discussion turns to the type of mounting systems to consider. This discussion often elicits the tale of the modules that were originally installed on the roof of the Business Instructional Facility (BIF) using a ballast-mounted system, that is, a mounting system held down using heavy weights such as concrete blocks. The story goes that a few of the PV modules blew off the roof of the building, and this subsequently led to the modules being installed with a racking system attached to the roof of the building.
This story is an urban legend..."
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In support of the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot initiative, NREL is offering no-cost technical assistance to universities seeking to go solar.
Niharika Kishore, masters in Urban Planning (MUP) student, and Corey Weil, sophomore in Electrical and Computer Engineering, are working with Morgan Johnston on the iSEE objective for on-campus solar. Niharika will continue her efforts for promoting rooftop solar to meet the iCAP objective for 12,500 MWh/year of on-campus solar energy generation as part of a MUP capstone project this year. Corey will volunteer in various efforts to support the development of solar solutions for campus, from the Net Zero Energy ECE efforts to advocating for solar energy funding.
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The University of Illinois Foundation (UIF) has an account set up for clean energy at the University of Illinois at Springfield:
"Sustainable Energy Initiative: Springfield
UIS, like many institutions, is looking to sustainable energy and environmentally friendly products to both reduce consumption and conserve valuable resources. Future plans include the addition of wind and solar power, as well as green-building upgrades. These features will not only be used for production, but also be used in classroom instruction and will open doors for faculty and student research, as well as opportunities for public awareness activities relating to alternative and sustainable energies."
AASHE Conference, October 11, 2017 presentation
Using Campus Solar Deployment Roadmaps to Guide University Investment: The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), Second Nature, and TurningPoint Energy have developed an approach with four Midwest universities to define opportunities for on- and off-campus solar investment through a Campus PV Deployment Roadmap. In this panel, participants will hear presentations about the roadmapping process in general, specific incentives to universities and students, financial modeling and assistance offerings, and first-hand experience from one of our pilot universities.
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Ava Heap and Andrew Stumpf requested assistance from Morgan Johnston on an SSC project proposal for the Idea Garden rooftop solar. Kristine provided a summary of the open issues to be addressed:
- Survey of all electric loads to be placed on the system,
- if heating the shed is necessary and to be included,
- where batteries would be stored, and
- if the shed can support the panels (although that did not appear to be a problem).
Morgan will work with Ava to clarify the needs of this project.
Niharika Kishore will send an email to potential facilities for adding rooftop solar, in support of the 2015 iCAP objective. The draft email is attached and the list of potential facilities is as follows:
Building Estimated Yearly Output (kWh/yr) Physical Plant Services Building 791,522 Activities and Recreation Center 725,562 Law Building 395,761 Ikenberry Dining Hall 382,569 Abbott Power Plant 263,841 Digital Computer Library 263,841 Plant Sciences Laboratory 164,900 Timothy J. Nugent Hall 164,900 Institute of Genomic Biology 158,304 Richard T. Ubben Basketball Complex 151,708 Oak Street Library 151,708 Bousfield Hall 145,112 Garage and Carpool 125,324Attached Files: