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Rutgers University Installing 1.4 Megawatt Solar System

rutgers_university_solar_system.jpgRutgers University broke ground on a seven-acre solar power system at its Livingston campus this week. The university is touting the 1.4 megawatt solar “farm” as the largest system on a single campus in the nation.

The solar system is expected to generate more than 1,500 megawatt hours of electricity in the first year and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 1,200 tons per year.

The university will pay for about half of the $10 million project, with the remaining costs to be subsidized by a rebate through the Board of Public Utilities’ Clean Energy Program.

Antonio Calcado, Rutgers’ vice president for Facilities and Capital Planning, says the solar energy project will save the university more than $200,000 in its first year of operation and rise to more than $300,000 in annual savings by the end of the 15-year program.

SunDurance Energy will install the more than 7,000 ground-mounted photovoltaic modules for the project. The solar system is expected to be operational in the spring of 2009.

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2 thoughts on “Rutgers University Installing 1.4 Megawatt Solar System

  1. Exactly how will Rutgers get a 50 % solar rebate from the NJ BPU under the Clean Energy Program? These numbers must be wrong and are misleading. Even at it best, years ago, a system of this magnitude would never qualify for a rebate of this size. This type of journalism should be re-evaluated and the article properly re-written correctly as it leads other public sector entities in NJ into believing there are existent rebate funds which simply did not and do not exist.

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