GAMBIER — Solar energy will play a big role in Kenyon College’s pledge to achieve a net zero carbon emission footprint.
A small solar system that will provide electricity to living quarters for 12 students at the college went online Monday with a “flip the switch” ceremony. The 34-panel system, which sits atop the roof of the new Village Market building, will provide an estimated 80 percent of the power for two student housing units on the second floor, Mary Keister, Kenyon director of news media relations, said.
The system cost $27,000, and is expected to save the college about $4,000 per year in electric bills, Keister said.
The new solar system is an example of the kind of small systems that, coupled with a single, large solar installation, will ultimately provide Kenyon with most of its renewable energy, Dave Heithaus, director of green initiatives, said.
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