Partners Making an Energy Efficient Difference–OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

Partners Making an Energy Efficient Difference–OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

(This is the third post in a series highlighting the great energy efficiency work Virginia Energy Sense partners are achieving across the state.)

Old Dominion University is working with Dominion Virginia Power to install a photovoltaic solar system on the roof of its Student Recreation Center. The system will include more than 600 photovoltaic panels producing 132 kilowatts of energy, which is enough to power about 35 homes.

Old Dominion is the first participant in Dominion Power’s Solar Partnership Program.  The solar power generated on ODU’s campus will feed into the power grid where Dominion Virginia Power will assess its benefits for the overall electrical distribution system.  The university and power company agree that this project should encourage the growth of solar energy throughout Virginia.

The solar system will also be a learning tool for the university’s engineering school and the overall student body.  Students can access real-time information about how much power the installation is generating from two kiosks on campus.

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