|Submission Date||Sept. 14, 2017|
|0.06 / 4.00||
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Penn State has four different solar arrays on campus:
The first is a 2 KW array that was installed in 2001. This array is thin film panels with a grid-tied inverter and is fixed roof mounted on our Physical Plant Building.
The second system is a 1.75 KW pole mounted array and uses passive tracking. It is installed on our Center for Sustainability greenhouse and is mono-crystalline silicon panels with a grid-tied inverter.
The third system is an 8 KW array which is roof mounted onto our MorningStar home, which was PSU's 2007 entry into the Solar Decathlon. This array is mono-crystalline silicon panels with a grid-tied inverter.
The fourth is a 5 KW system located at the Physical Plant Building to offset a vehicle charging station for electric cars purchased as part of a Reinvention Fund grant through the Sustainability Institute.
In 2013, Penn State entered into a 10-year power purchase agreement with Mahoning Creek Hydroelectric Company. This new 6MW hydroelectric generating plant was built in 2013 at the existing USACE dam on Mahoning Creek located in Armstrong County, PA. Penn State will purchase all of the net electric output from the facility and retain the environmental attributes. This is approximately 5% of the University Park campus’ electric purchase.
|Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)|
|Other (please specify and explain below)||1.17|
Oil, other fossil fuel & other unknown from eGRID (RFCW subregion)
|Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)|
|Other (please specify and explain below)||0|
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