One of PLNU’s summer projects is adding quite a few solar panels throughout campus.
With SPG Solar/Perpetual Energy, PLNU will nearly triple the production of “green” solar electricity on our Point Loma campus. The new system will include solar collection panels on the rooftops of the Cooper Music Center and Nicholson Commons (similar to the panels currently on the roofs of Bond Academic Center, Goodwin Hall, Fermanian School of Business, and Golden Gymnasium), but because of limited additional rooftop availability, it will also consist of a series of carports with solar panels on top at several locations on campus.
Once completed, more than 40 percent of the Point Loma campus’ peak period electricity consumption will be provided by solar power, resulting in PLNU having one of the highest percentages of energy converted to solar of any California university. The new system alone is expected produce nearly one million kilowatt hours of electricity each year. Over the expected life of the system, that’s enough to power 2,300 homes for a year. In addition, converting this amount of energy generation to clean sources means CO2 emissions are reduced by more than 17,000 tons, the equivalent of removing 3,000 cars from our roads. The additional good news about this project is that it is being constructed with minimal financial investment by the university, and therefore doesn’t add to the cost of tuition.