Rutgers Combats Climate Change with Renewable Energy

Rutgers Livingston

Rutgers taps solar power as viable alternative energy source

The Daily Targum, April 14, 2015

When former Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick marked the official opening of the University’s seven-acre solar energy facility in October 2009, the 1.4 megawatt solar farm was projected to generate about 11 percent of Livingston campus’ electrical needs, according to a previous article in The Daily Targum.

As one of the nation’s largest college renewable energy systems, the Livingston solar energy facility was projected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 1,300 tons yearly and save the University more than $200,000 in its first year, according to the article.

Between June 2009 and May 2010, the solar projects located on Livingston campus resulted in about $225,000 in electricity savings.

The solar canopy stretching over Livingston’s parking lot helped Rutgers save about $135,000 in monthly utility expenses, according to the article.

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