Princeton University announced that they are building a large solar collector field, one of the single largest solar installations of any U.S. university. The field will be made up of 16,500 PV panels, producing enough energy to power 700 households.
The solar field will take up 27 acres of Princeton-owned land and should be installed by 2012. Once the field is operating, it will cut the college's electricity costs by eight percent. The builders of the field, SunPower Corp., say it could produce 8 million kWh per year, covering 5.5 percent of the campus' annual electricity needs, but under ideal sunny conditions, the field could cover up to 20 percent of the campus' electricity needs for any given hour.
This project is part of the university's bigger goal of reducing its emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, which is 95,000 metric tons annually. The solar field is expected to account for six percent of that reduction.
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