Bard College celebrated the addition of a brand new solar technology to its campus this week, thanks to a $35,000 donation from the Green Mountain Energy TM Sun ClubTM. This innovative use of solar is installed on the campus’s South Hall Dormitory, which houses students during the school year. In this hybrid system, the pollution-free electricity generated by the sun is first used by the dormitory’s hot water heaters, and any excess electricity is then used by the dormitory and surrounding campus buildings.
This solar installation is believed to be one of the first of its kind to be implemented in the United States, according to the installer. The solar panels’ unique dual functionality will help Bard College attain its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2035.
This is the Sun Club’s 64th solar project dedication. The college’s young summer camp student visitors also participated in the dedication ceremony by building solar ovens to heat s’mores using aluminum foil and pizza boxes and performed a play to teach attendees how solar energy works. These smart little solar champions are already helping build a more sustainable, solar future.
View the Flickr album from the event.