EMU Launches Solar Energy System

Brent Finnegan -- November 17th, 2010

Eastern Mennonite University officially dedicated their new solar energy system consisting of more than 300 solar panels Monday.

According to EMU’s own website, the university “entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with Community Solar to buy the solar-generated electricity.”

Using economic stimulus funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) awarded an incentive grant for the project. ARRA funds through the US Treasury 1603 Investment Tax Credit grant will also help finance this project.

Joshua Brown reported in Tuesday’s Daily News-Record that “the panels on the roof of EMU’s Sadie A. Hartzler Library, which went live Nov. 5, had produced 4,045 kilowatt-hours of energy as of Monday afternoon, according to a digital display showing live energy-production information.”

The “array of photovoltaic panels” installed on the roof of the Hartzler Library is largest solar energy system in Virginia.

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