University of Delaware Field House with newly installed solar panels on roof.
Image credit:D. Laumer, UDEL Senior.
Yesterday I wrote about the Philadelphia Eagles stadium being mounted with renewable energy machines. Here's more evidence that sports stadiums make a great structural base for generating renewable energy.
The University of Delaware's Field House, an enclosed track and tennis facility, has just had the roof covered with flexible solar panels (pictured). Delaware Online reports that with the just-completed Field House install, campus solar installations will in total "reduce the school's energy costs by more than $30,000 per year at today's energy rates and as much as $60,000 per year if electricity prices increase as expected." Background information is presented below.
At the university's Energy Institute, the oldest solar laboratory in the country, Hegedus and other solar scientists research ways to unlock the sun's power. In the early 1990s, the U.S. government dubbed it a "Center for Excellence" in solar education and research.Does your college or university have a comparable project underway? Let us know.
And yet, to the dismay of Hegedus and his colleagues, their own university didn't have a single solar panel feeding its electrical supply.
"It's been frustrating at times," Hegedus said. "I can't believe it's taken this long, but it finally has some energy behind it."
This fall, the university began installing a solar project expected to generate about 1 megawatt per year. Workers are nearly finished installing the array of panels on the curved roof of the Delaware Field House, the largest and most visible piece of that project.