The University of San Diego will unveil its new solar energy system on November 16.
The university has partnered with AMSOLAR to add 5,000 photovoltaic solar panels on top of 11 buildings on campus, which will generate 1.23 megawatts of renewable energy.
This new solar system will create 15 percent of the university’s energy needs, making USD the second largest solar energy producers of any private U.S college and the tenth largest solar facility on university campus in the nation.
USD has a 25-year power purchase agreement with AMSOLAR, which is supported by federal stimulus from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
At 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, USD Vice President of Business Services and Administration, Len Hering, will lead a rooftop tour of the solar panel installation. Following the tour, there will be a press conference and celebration held at Plaza Mayor.
Popular bands Mayday Parade and Every Avenue will perform powered by solar energy at the celebration.
In addition to the installation of the solar panels, USD has also partnered with Siemens Industry for an energy efficiency program. The program includes technologies that optimize fuel efficiency of USD’s central cooling and heating plant, reducing energy consumption and reducing water usage up to 27 percent. The program will save the university more than one million dollars a year.
The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 286 Green Colleges” has recognized USD as one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges in 2010.