WSU Sustainability Projects Soak Up the Sun

OGDEN, Utah – In an ongoing effort to be more energy efficient, Weber State University has kept busy this summer installing solar panels.

The first solar installation was up and running on the Weber State University Davis campus by early July. Come summer’s end the Ogden campus will have two more systems in place, ready to take in some rays. 

Four racks holding a total of 84 solar panels have been installed on the northeast corner of the WSU Davis building. The 20-kilowatt photovoltaic system will offset approximately 1.9 percent of the Davis building’s electrical consumption.

“After one year of productivity the solar panels are estimated to save $4,000, which equals about 32,954 kilowatt-hours of energy,” said Jennifer Bodine, sustainability specialist in WSU’s Energy and Sustainability Office.

An interactive kiosk, found in the lobby of the Davis building, will track the constant production of energy.

The Davis campus solar project is the first in a series of solar energy projects being implemented at WSU. Over time, the Energy and Sustainability Office expects solar panels to be found throughout the Ogden and Davis campuses.

 


Solar panels on the roof at WSU Davis.

Two sustainable energy systems are being installed on the Ogden campus. A 38-kilowatt solar energy system will be located on the Shepherd Union Building roof. The system is estimated to offset 5 percent of the buildings electrical consumption, saving approximately $7,500 annually.

The building will have an outdoor, solar-powered water feature located near the newly constructed pavilion on the union’s south exterior.The fountain will be controlled by a hands-on solar panel, which will allow students and visitors to see how blocking sunlight impacts the power output.


Solar thermal panels on the Swenson Gym roof.
 

The next system, containing 48 solar thermal panels, will heat the Swenson Gym pool. It will produce about 1,000 dekatherms annually, providing $7,000 - $10,000 in savings each year.

The first residence hall in Wildcat Village, which opens this fall, also features 15 solar collecting plates that will be used to heat domestic hot water in the building.

The Davis campus solar project was funded through Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky Program and the State of Utah’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

All four projects are part of Weber State’s “Climate Action Plan” to be carbon neutral by 2050. 

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Contact:

Jennifer Bodine, sustainability specialist
801-626-6421 • jenniferbodine@weber.edu

Jacob Cain, Energy and Sustainability manager
801-626-6311 • jacobcain@weber.edu

Author:
Colette Williamson, office of Media Relations
801-626-7212 • jkowalewski@weber.edu