Lafayette College in Easton, Penn., is now home to a 472-kW rooftop solar array thanks to Greenskies Clean Focus. The solar system, located on the roof of the Kirby Sports Center, consists of 1,226 panels and will generate around 545 MWh of renewable energy every year. Over the next 25 years, that energy will offset 9,675 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
Greenskies partnered with Pfister Energy, a commercial solar developer and EPC based in Hawthorne, N.J., to install this project. Greenskies funded the construction at no upfront cost and will provide ongoing management and maintenance to the site. In addition, the companies are offering Lafayette students internship opportunities for a five-year duration.
“Greenskies is excited to be part of this collaboration with Lafayette College and Pfister Energy that offers a cost-effective solution to bring locally generated clean electricity to the college,” said Stanley Chin, President and CEO of Greenskies. “Working with Lafayette to advance their sustainability initiatives is particularly rewarding, knowing that the project could serve as inspiration to their bright student body for years to come.”
Installing solar on campus is a meaningful step toward the college’s goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2035. In addition, this onsite solar installation provides experiential learning opportunities by offering a real-world example of solar.
“This project is intended to visually articulate to the Lafayette community and visitors the College’s commitment to achieve carbon neutrality and use the campus as a living laboratory,” says Delicia Nahman, Director of Sustainability.
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