Temple University Switches to Clean Energy

By the end of December one of the buildings located on Temple University’s Main Campus in Philadelphia will be equipped with a 63 kilowatt rooftop photovoltaic system.

By the end of December one of the buildings located on Temple University’s Main Campus in Philadelphia will be equipped with a 63 kilowatt rooftop photovoltaic system, the school’s website reports.

Temple University has teamed up with Wayne-based clean energy company Community Energy Inc. to create the first project at a college or university in Philadelphia where solar power will be installed and then used by the staff and students.

The solar panels will be installed over the next three months on Temple’s Edberg-Olson Hall located at 10th and Diamond Streets, on nearly 4,500 square feet of the building’s south-facing roof. To make the installation process more interactive and educational, a webcam installed on the roof will provide live images available online to the public.

Temple University Edberg-Olson Hall

With this project, Temple adds to a growing list of universities that are gradually switching from using energy provided by coal-fired power plants to cleaner, greener and renewable alternatives. In creating an on-site energy system, Temple University will buy power at lower rates from Community Energy, who will own and maintain the solar array.

Completed in 2009, Temple’s Edberg-Olson Hall was designed by AP3C Architects to house the university’s football team. In 2012 the facility underwent a $10 million renovation and expansion process which resulted in a 15,000-square-foot addition.

 

Video via Community Energy Inc.; Edberg-Olson Hall image via Temple University