Bowie State University

07/27/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/27/2017 16:34

Bowie State Invests in Solar Power to Reduce Carbon Footprint

July 27, 2017

Installation of Solar Panels, Parking Lot Canopy Begins in October 2017

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Damita Chambers, [email protected], 301-832-2628 mobile

(BOWIE, Md.)- This fall, Bowie State University will install a large-scale solar panel system on the campus, expanding the university's sustainability efforts and green education for the campus community. The project is supported in part by a $150,000 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration.

Through a partnership with WGL Energy, the university plans to install a 1.6-megawatt solar system throughout the campus, including a solar canopy in parking lot D, the roofs of the Thurgood Marshall Library and the Leonidas S. James Physical Education Complex, and an open site near the Bulldog Stadium field. The state grant will support the solar canopy's installation.

The new system is estimated to generate about 2 million kilowatt hours each year, which is about 10 percent of the campus needs.

Work to install the solar panels is set to start in October 2017, with completion slated for September 2018. Under the partnership, WGL Energy will own and operate the system, and the university will pay for the electricity generated.

'Alternative energy is important for the university because a project like this reduces our carbon footprint. It's the right thing to do as responsible citizens of the community,' said Michael Harris, BSU capital project manager. 'It can also be an educational tool for the students.'

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