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Posted by Morgan White on February 16, 2015

The University has been examining the benefits and possibilities of installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on one or more of the roofs at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (KCPA) and the use of photovoltaic glass units (PVGU) in the Great Hall on the west curtain wall. Phase 1 of the study has already been conducted and the University has chosen to further consider the PV system through Phase 2 of the study, which involves evaluating the structural load of the PV system, considering the acoustic impact of the PV system, and an assessment of the existing roof.

The budget for this project has also been established. Construction would be $585,000 -- of that $457,00 would be for the purchase and installation of solar panels and electrical work and $128,000 would be spend on general construction and construction access. The payback estimated by this budget cost is substantially longer than 25 years, but the roof would require no additional cost to the University upon completion of construction.