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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Solar Array Installation Generates Approval, Not Emissions

Solar Array Installation Generates Approval, Not Emissions

Back in April, the Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™ donated $60,000 to Brookhaven College to fund the college campus’ first solar arrays, ensuring the futures of students are even brighter. Now, the first of those arrays are in place near the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute.

According to the Sun Club, “the 30 photovoltaic panels in the arrays should produce more than 11,000 kWh a year over the array’s 30-year lifetime. Each year the array can avoid almost 13,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by not relying on the conventional production of fossil fuel-based electricity.”

On Nov. 18, a few representatives from the Sun Club stopped by for a quick photo opportunity at the new array. A formal dedication is being planned for sometime this spring. There is a chance that the second set of arrays, intended to supply power for lights on the planned bridge, will be part of the Brookhaven College Trail.

If you want to know more about how solar energy works, the Sun Club will have an educational sign up at the array soon that gives just a quick outline for how it works.

  1. The sun hits the solar panels and the panels convert the sun’s rays into electricity.
  2. A control device changes this electricity enabling it to power electrical items.
  3. The electricity then passes from breaker boxes to outlets throughout the building.
  4. Electrical items, such as the building’s computers and lights can then run on this pollution-free solar power!