CSU–Pueblo to show “switch” to renewable energy at solar panel dedication on April 26

Colorado State University-Pueblo, in conjunction with Smart Growth Advocates (SGA), EcoSol, TC Associates, Aquila and the Southeastern Colorado Renewable Energy Society will symbolically make the “switch” to renewable energy as part of a dedication of new solar photovoltaic panels south of the University’s Technology Building at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 26. Aquila graciously created a switch (see attached photo) that will represent the start of a renewable energy commitment at the University.

CSU-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia will preside at this groundbreaking installation. Solar panels, two arrays with a total of 36 modules rated at 6.12 KW, will be located on the south side of CSU-Pueblo’s Technology Building, adjacent to the Buell Communications Center (KTSC-TV). An educational kiosk, adjacent to the solar panels, will provide general information on solar photovoltaic technology. Public access to the educational kiosk will be available during the day to be used by area schools as a field trip destination.

"We are delighted by the energetic collaboration with CSU -P, Eco Sol, Aquila and SECRES to provide tangible educational opportunities in renewable energy, " Vickie Massam, SGA President. "The pole mounted modules outside the Technology building with the kiosk and state of the art web interface will provide real time data on the benefits of renewable energy."

Along with educating the community on solar energy, the Solar Photovoltaic Project will provide CSU-Pueblo students with an applied work experience as they will regularly calculate, calibrate, and measure the system’s output and efficiency. CSU-Pueblo Engineering graduate and undergraduate students will conduct research on all aspects of solar electricity generation through the project. The installation includes a web interface which captures live data. Computer Information Systems students will be engaged to create graphical outputs to monitor electricity produced, cost saving, and other measurable data, on the CSU-Pueblo website.

"This installation will be an important lab for our students and is an important first step in moving CSU-Pueblo to dependence only on renewable resources,” said Jane M. Fraser, CSU-Pueblo professor and chair of engineering.

Project photos and additional information may be found at www.smartgrowthadvocates.org/Projects.html

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