Eastern Kentucky University’s new Science Building now has 120 solar modules to help the campus increase its renewable energy supply and reduce its carbon footprint.
“In addition to its environmental benefits, this solar array positively enhances the EKU educational experience,” said Dr. Judy Jenkins, assistant professor and chemistry undergraduate program coordinator. “The solar array teaches ways that classroom science solves real-world challenges. Plus, the monetary savings realized fund student scholarships.”
According to the Princeton Review’s 2017 College Hopes & Worries Survey of more than 10,000 teens and parents, 64 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college.
Installation of the array was enabled by a generous donation from EKU alumnus Dr. Gary Booth, demonstrating his ongoing commitments to Eastern students and to environmental stewardship.
Solar Energy Solutions of Lexington installed the solar array, which provides a total of 39.6 kilowatts of power as well as hands-on learning opportunities for the students.
“Each panel offers individual monitoring, so EKU students can use the data to explore panel performance as they examine ways to implement renewable energy in their lives and future careers,” said Matt Partymiller, co-owner of Solar Energy Solutions.
The system is capable of powering the equivalent of four Kentucky homes.
Solar Energy Solutions is the region's largest and most experienced solar design, engineering and construction company. Founded in 2006, Solar Energy Solutions has more than 1,000 active photovoltaics projects in the utility, commercial and residential arenas throughout Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.