ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — University at Albany announced the completion of the largest State University rooftop solar array system on Wednesday. Officials said this project will reduce campus carbon footprint while helping to advance New York State to meet solar energy goals.
The New York Power Authority partnered with UAlbany to put 1.9 megawatts of direct solar energy panels on top of the university buildings. Officials said this project will support the state’s goals by harnessing 70% of electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and transitioning to a carbon-free power grid by 2040. The new system was constructed of 4,783 panels on the roof of the Life Science Research building and several roofs within the Academic Podium complex.
According to officials the panel system will be tied directly into the building and will provide about 2.3-gigawatt-hours of energy annually. Officials said in just a year this renewable energy will offset 607,556 pounds of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from 692,594 miles driven by an average car.
The University plans to expand on a 49.8-kilowatt system on the Social Sciences roof installed in 2011 and a 27-kilowatt system on Campus Center West expansion roof installed in 2017. Being net-metered, the system allows UAlbany to significantly decrease its use of utility-delivered energy and purchase renewable energy credits.
The UAlbany project receives incentives to support the implementation of a successful clean energy project that directly benefits the campus, through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s NY-Sun program. The project will be hosted by the campus, and UAlbany will purchase all electricity and renewable energy credits produced through a power purchase agreement.