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The University of Florida goes solar


By November, the University of Florida will drastically reduce energy costs by relying on the energy produced by solar panels. It was reported that "The Sun Gainsville ", according to the magazine, the photovoltaic power plant it will become a teaching tool for students and teachers. Through thesolar system, the university will be able to count on 157,000 kWh of electricity per year. A considerable figure if we calculate that an average US home consumes between 9,000 and 14,400 kWh per year.


The University of Florida will obtain the solar panels through the SunSense program launched for schools by Progress Energy. The University of Florida was chosen thanks to its educational program about renewable energies and thanks to the development and research plans that move in the field of clean energies. Other parameters were analyzed such as the number of students, classrooms and the amount of energy consumed by the entire building.

THE solar panels they will be installed in three different sites on the campus. The largest will boast a power of 78 kilowatts and will be housed on the south-west terrace of the campus. The other two plants will be installed near the department of microbiology and cellular sciences. The works should be completed by early November and i solar panels they will be connected to the university campus network by the end of the same month.

The project will cost $ 650,000 and, thanks to the energy saving, the university will be able to cut electricity costs by at least $ 15,000 annually. The energy costs of the University of Florida campus amount to approximately $ 47 million. The University of Florida has every intention of completely cutting energy costs and eliminating the CO2 emissions 360 degrees. What will take place by November will only be the first step towards carbon-neutral.

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