Kent Campus Fieldhouse 463 kWdc Solar Array (Visible from ground)
Kent State’s first solar array was installed on the roof of the Field House at the Kent Campus, which is beyond the campus grid. At the time it was completed in the summer of 2012, it was the largest, roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) panel electrical system within the University System of Ohio. Working with Third Sun Solar and Wind Power, Ltd. for KSU Field House 1, LLC, a solar power developer, power production from the solar panels installed by Thompson Electric, Inc. officially began on July 20, 2012. Electricity from the solar panels provides about one-third of the electricity required for the combined Field House and Dix Stadium facilities. The system produces about 500,000 kWh per year, enough clean electricity for about 69 homes. This project became a model for other Kent State solar PV systems. The non-penetrating metal roof mounted 463 kW system is made up of 1,716 multi-crystalline silicone panels, occupies almost an acre of the south facing roof. The non-penetrating metal roof mounted solar PV array reduces our carbon dioxide equivalent impact on the earth by 390 tons each year.
NOTE: WE REGRET THAT ROOF ACCESS WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR THIS TOUR – HOWEVER THE ARRAY IS VISIBLE FROM THE GROUND.