Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Lincoln Hall uses Solar Power

You've probably heard that Lincoln Hall is UIC's new green building, but did you know it also uses solar power? The use of solar power as a renewable energy source has been a growing trend in the US and now UIC is part of the solar power community, with the new 51.52 kW array of 224 solar panels that were recently installed by SoCore Energy on the top of the newly renovated Lincoln Hall.  

The solar panels on the roof of Lincoln Hall are predicted to produce over 59,000 kWh over the next year.   Using 0.11 cents per kWh for electricity, that will lead to savings of nearly $6,500 dollars in the next year.  With the cost of electricity only going up, we'll save even more in the future. Along with the money saved, the use of solar panels will reduce 21.64 metric tons of CO2 that would have otherwise been produced by our usual means of producing energy.  That's about the same as the emissions from 2,434 gallons of gasoline being consumed! 

This is another example of how UIC is putting  into action its (soon to be published!) Climate Action Plan and focusing more on the environment.  Check out the time-lapse video (complete with funky synth soundtrack!) of the panels being installed!