Recovery Act Impact: University of MA - Dartmouth Solar Installations
The university received stimulus funding of $504K and that, coupled with other funding sources of $699K, enabled it to install solar panels on five of its buildings.
"The [economic] impact accumulates," said Manny Del Lima, senior resident engineer for the university.
The solar panels - installed on the university's Tripp Athletic Center and four dormitory buildings - total 269 kilowatts. Included in the installation is a connection to a web-based system that demonstrates, in real time, the benefits of the solar system. The system is open to all Internet users.
The web based system is comprehensive, showing users every aspect of the solar installations and its energy saving impact from how many gallons of gas have been saved to how many trees to how many tons of carbon dioxide. Users can see the impact of shade on the installation and learn which building is best situated to catch the sun's rays.
"It's an excellent tool," said Del Lima. "We're excited about it."