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Solar energy project underway at Luther College will more than double the campus' solar energy generation

Posted: Mon, May 11, 2020 11:44 AM

A new solar project getting underway at Luther College will more than double the amount of solar energy that serves the campus, and will also include energy storage that will enable Luther to reduce peak demand, which is the most expensive electricity to purchase.

Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities Director Jim Martin-Schramm says the new solar array is projected to produce about 10 percent of Luther's annual electricity consumption.  The project will help the college reduce operating costs while at the same time reducing Luther's carbon footprint.

The multi-million-dollar initiative is expected to be up and operational within the next six months.

Martin-Schramm will discuss the project at the Winneshiek Energy District's May Online Lunch starting at noon next Tuesday, May 19th.  During the virtual event, Martin-Schramm will discuss the logic behind storing solar power for future use.  Visit by May 18th to register for the webinar.