Powering the Campus
An array of solar panels mounted on the roof of the Eagle Learning Center at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, is now producing clean energy and reducing the University’s operating costs while lowering carbon emissions. Throughout its life, the 56 kilowatt solar system will eastern solarreduce carbon emissions by 620 metric tons, which is equivalent to the carbon that would be removed by planting 795 trees per year for the next 20 years.
Continuing the Partnership
The students, faculty and administration at Eastern University have long been leaders in environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Community Energy has worked with Eastern University since 2006 to provide Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from wind farms to of set the electricity used on campus with clean, fuel-free energy. It was a natural progression of the partnership to work together on this on-site solar project.
How it Works
The solar system is financed through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Community Energy, Inc. and constructed by PA-based solar installation company Dynamic Solar.
Under the PPA, Community Energy will own and operate the system, which enables the college to take advantage of the renewable power source without funding the system’s purchase up front. Community Energy will sell Eastern electricity produced by the system at a locked-in rate for 20 years, insulating the University from rising energy costs.