Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
Where: Corpus Christi, TX
Dedication Date: August 30, 2013
Donation Type: Solar Electric
Size: 25 kW
Claim to Fame: Used by Engineering Students to Help Develop More Efficient Solar Technology
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is leading the charge towards more efficient solar technology with help from a solar array installed on the roof of the Engineering Building on campus. The purchase and installation of the solar array was funded by a $75,000 donation from the Sun Club. The 100 photovoltaic panels live on top of the Engineering Building and are estimated to produce more than 31,300 kilowatt hours a year . The donation from the Sun Club is the first solar installation at the Island University, which is converting sunlight into pollution-free electricity to reduce both utility bills and the University’s carbon footprint.
“The solar array at the Island University is one of several projects strengthening our reputation as a leader in green technologies,” said University President Flavius Killebrew. “The University will incorporate this new source of renewable energy as a tool for instruction and research to help advance the solar energy field. We’re proud to team up with Green Mountain Energy Sun Club to make these learning opportunities available for our engineering students.”
The Sun Club solar project will be integrated into the University’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) outreach activities. It will also allow the University to increase its use of sustainable energy and provide researchers and students with strong educational benefits from the technology.