University of Wisconsin-Platteville Makes Leap to Solar Power
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The 2021-22 academic year is turning into an exciting year as students and faculty across the country are expected to return to campus as the country moves the COVID-19 pandemic in the rearview mirror.
When residents return to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus in the fall, they will return to a solar powered campus thanks to a largely student-inspired effort.
The school is building a 2.4 megawatt solar array that will make the campus in southwest Wisconsin near the Iowa border the sixth highest on-site producer of renewable energy among higher education institutions in the country, according to a school press release. The array is expected to be ready by the fall semester.
The Platteville solar system is connected to the main electricity meter that feeds into the 32 buildings on campus. The switch to solar power is expected to offset electricity by 17 percent and save the school $ 217,000 annually and reduce CO2 emissions by 2,300 tons per year.
The solar power boost followed a 2018 student body petition calling for Platteville to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030. In addition to the energy savings, the solar system will also provide educational opportunities for students.
Dave Lubach is Senior Editor for the Facility Group.