University of Houston Goes Solar Thanks to Sun Club

The University of Houston is now partially powered by the sun, thanks to customers in the Green Mountain Energy Sun Clubsm!  The  $140,000 donation is helping fund UH’s first solar array system and begin a new internship program that uses funds gathered by the array’s utility cost savings.

The University of Houston is now partially powered by the sun, thanks to customers in the Green Mountain Energy Sun Clubsm!  The  $140,000 donation is helping fund UH’s first solar array system and begin a new internship program that uses funds gathered by the array’s utility cost savings.

Woman in hardhat standing next to photo-voltaic solar array  Super Earth mascot flipping the switch at the University of Houston Green Mountain Energy donation check presentation

Green Mountain Energy® Solar at University of Houston

The new 20.24 kilowatt (kW) DC solar panel system is mounted on the roof of the University’s Central Utility Plant, which is located on the northeast side of campus.   The array’s 88 large photovoltaic  solar panels cover 2,000 square feet and will convert sunlight into electricity, producing approximately 23,600 kilowatt hours  of clean energy annually. It is estimated that the solar array will save the University as much as $300,000 over the course of its 30-year lifetime.

The solar array will also have a positive impact on the environment. It is expected to avoid over 31,000 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. That is equivalent to more than 9,000 houses turning off all their lights for one day, not driving nearly 35,000 miles, taking 1,000 cars off the road for one day or recycling 12,500 lbs of newspaper. 

As a result of the annual electricity savings that UH will receive from the solar array, the University has launched the Green Mountain Energy Company Solar Internship program. One student intern will be paid $1,000 per academic semester from the savings generated as a result of using solar panels.

As part of the donation, an educational sign will be installed on the UH campus to inform students about the solar array, how it works and its environmental benefits. The solar panels were installed by Alternative Power Solutions. The general contractor for the project was Vaughn Construction.

Thank you to members of the Sun Club for helping make this solar donation a reality!