KENT, Ohio — The first renewable energy project at Kent State University is underway and will ultimately power a portion of the campus’ field house.
Kent State University officials say 1,716 solar panels are currently being installed on the Kent State Field House on the Kent Campus.
According to university officials, the panels will cover almost one acre of roof area and are scheduled to begin harvesting the sun’s energy in early July.
The solar panels will generate about 500,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which is about one-third of the annual power used by both the university’s Field House and Dix Stadium.
“We have been searching for funding opportunities to install solar panels on this roof for many years, and it is great to see the installation underway,” said Tom Euclide, Kent State’s associate vice president for Facilities Planning and Operations. “The benefits of adding this renewable energy source to our campus energy portfolio will not only help keep our costs lower for decades to come, but will also provide a visual reminder of Kent State’s leadership in sustainability, energy conservation and the use of renewable energy.”
The solar panels will add to a sustainable energy initiative at Kent State, which already produces most of its own energy in its combined heat and power plant. The plant uses natural gas to power electric turbines. The heat typically wasted to the atmosphere in a power plant is saved and then used to heat and cool the campus.