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UF Information Technology Aids UF’s Sustainability Mission

Solar Array Panels Outside Rinker Hall

A new installation of solar panels enables UF to capture sun rays and turn them into energy. The energy produced by the panels is estimated to save the university more than $15,000 a year.

UF Information Technology played an essential role in Progress Energy (PE)/Duke Energy’s SunSense Schools solar array project installation. UFIT staff worked on the configuration, installation, and system reporting features, and will provide ongoing monitoring of the solar panel performance. The new solar panels are expected to generate about 157,000 kilowatt-hours (kwh) per year. By comparison, the average home uses between 12,000 to 15,000 kwh per year.

The SunSense Schools solar array project is possible because of a donation from PE/Duke Energy. Their donation of a 100-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array is expected to save UF more than $500,000 over the course of its lifespan. Organizations receiving a solar array panel donation were chosen based on their commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy education, as well as a location that maximizes geographic distribution throughout PE/Duke Energy’s service area.

Just as important as the financial savings the project generates is the message it sends about UF’s commitment to long-term sustainability goals. Visit the Sustainable UF website to learn more about this and other sustainability projects underway.

For information on the technology components contributed by UFIT to this project, email David Gagne of Customer Technology Services.