In a landmark move for a United States public university, Colorado State University has, in the past month, partnered with the solar firm Fotowatio Renewable Ventures to complete what a press release terms as “one of the largest solar plants at a U.S. university.” The press release also articulates that the solar plant, which generates a total of 5.3 megawatts of solar power, started generating electricity in early December of 2010, and was developed with the goal of providing approximately one-third of the electric power intake for the Foothills Campus of Colorado State University.
According to information available on the website of Colorado State University, the solar plant actually qualifies as the largest of its kind—that is, present at a public American university—when compared and cross-checked with data provided by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. In addition, the report details that the plant will “reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere by more than 6 million kilograms—the equivalent of removing more than 520 cars off the road each year.”
The establishment of a solar plant on campus to help offset some of the electrical power needs isn’t an unpredictable move for Colorado State University, which has already taken steps to build a biomass boiler on site and to implement water conservation methods throughout numerous campus buildings.
Tony Frank, the President of Colorado State University, shared positive sentiments regarding the development of the solar plant and the other green technologies that composed an active part of the campus. “Colorado state continues to be a pacesetter in employing green solutions,” Frank is quoted on the university’s website. “This is a practical example of our commitment to renewable energy and the public-private partnerships that are crucial to making these projects successful.”
For more information about Colorado State University’s solar plant, please visit the university’s press release on its website: http://www.news.colostate.edu/Release/4991
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