ASU named No. 1 producer of solar power among campuses nationwide
An April 20 article from Energy Digital featured the top 10 campuses in the nation for solar energy production, with Arizona State University coming in at No. 1.
ASU has a comprehensive solar program that extends to all four campus locations and the ASU Research Park. A grand total of 89 solar systems produce 24.1 MW of solar energy, which represents nearly 50 percent of ASU's current daytime peak load. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration this is enough solar to power 3,366 Arizona homes.
There is a variety of additional benefits that come from the solar installations around the university, including shaded parking, building heat-load reduction, extended life of roofs that have shade, living lab for academics and research and sustainability initiatives, as well as avoiding 23,267 metric tons of carbon dioxide output; roughly the same as the annual emissions of 4,804 passenger vehicles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
“It’s been incremental, but ASU is the nation’s top higher-education institution with solar installed by quite a bit,” the article stated.