ECE rooftop solar project update:
1) The original PO bought approximately 500 panels for $240,925. This was funded with $100K from the DCEO grant, and $140,925 from the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) funding.
2) The original funding plan was for a total project cost of $900,000. It was made up of $225K from the SSC, $250K from DCEO, $100 from the Grainger Center for Engineering, and $325K from the department and college. When DCEO cut the grant funding with the state budget crisis, the project stalled with just the initial purchase of panels completed.
3) Current campus project implementation methodology requires this project to go through the Capital Programs process for installation of the panels. ECE is seeking project funding and approval for the full installation.
4) ECE has initiated a PO for the remaining 421 panels from a sole source vendor, at a discounted rate.