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SCU Makes Top 10 List of Higher Education Institutions with Largest Solar Photovoltaic Installations
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) unveiled a new database, naming SCU as having one of the largest roof-mounted photovoltaic installations in the U.S.
SCU has 1,050 kilowatts of solar panels on four of its buildings, making it the third largest roof- top system among all American colleges and universities. The system generates 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy and eliminates 511 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. That’s equivalent to taking 127 small cars off the road for an entire year. Among the many initiatives it’s launched, SCU has been adding more solar panels to help the University reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2015.
The AASHE Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations database found that converting to solar energy is becoming easier for higher education institutions like SCU because of a 40 percent drop in installation costs over the past four years and new financing mechanisms to hedge against rising electricity prices. The data also revealed that installed solar capacity jumped 450 percent over the past three years in the higher education sector. Furthermore:
Charts and additional analysis from AASHE are available here.
Learn more about Santa Clara University’s sustainability efforts here.