Solar panels provide power, education

  Wednesday, July 15, 2015 2:00 AM

Pittsburg, KS

Solar panels provide power, education

Workers with Good Energy Solutions from Lawrence labored in the Kansas sun Wednesday on a project to capture some of that intense solar energy for Pittsburg State University’s Robert W. Plaster Center. The project was made possible by a grant from Westar Energy to both supply power and provide an educational opportunity on the PSU campus.

PSU was one of 15 Kansas entities selected for Westar’s Solar Photovoltaic Project earlier this year. The company said the projects are intended to “showcase innovative plans to test the merits of solar energy under Kansas conditions and to educate students and engage the public.”

The installation at the Plaster Center will consist of 28 modules on the roof and four modules that will be located on a display on the ground. Together, the 32 modules are expected to provide 16,474 kilowatt hours worth of electricity to the building each year.

The ground-level units will be linked to a kiosk that will allow students and visitors to monitor energy production data. PSU estimates that as many as 2,000 students will benefit from the use of the solar array in research and demonstration projects related to their field of study.

The total cost of the project is about $117,000.



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