Santa Clara University’s 967.68 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system is up and running on campus. The system complements SCU’s existing solar array and is estimated to generate 1.42 million kW hours of clean energy in its first full year of operation. That’s enough electricity to power 129 average American homes for an entire year.
The systems are located on the rooftops of the Leavey Event Center, the Malley Fitness and Recreation Center, and the parking garage. This was SCU’s second solar installation phase. In 2007, the University installed a 50 kW system on its main facilities building. According to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), SCU’s system is currently the 13th largest solar installation among colleges and universities in the U.S.
SCU entered into an agreement with Perpetual Energy Systems (Perpetual) that would allow SCU to host the solar installations without any capital outlay. SCU will purchase clean solar energy produced by each installation at a predetermined, fixed rate. The system is owned, operated, and will be maintained by Perpetual. Read more.