video by Joe O'Neill, with Kristen Kozar '20 and Emma Weaver '19 of the Center for Sustainability Education
Dickinson has a reputation for being a leader in sustainability, from the Center for Sustainability Education to ALLARM to the College Farm and back. And while solar power has been a piece in Dickinson’s sustainability picture for years, a new solar panel array out past Dickinson Park really kicks the movement into high gear.
“Dickinson has made a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2020, so this is a very big part of that,” says Ken Shultes, associate vice president for sustainability & facilities planning, noting that the 3-megawatt solar field will generate more than 5 million kilowatts of electricity, about 30 percent of Dickinson’s electricity needs.
The array was designed and built by Tesla, and the company will own and maintain it through a 25-year contract. In turn, Dickinson will purchase the power the array generates and will receive the carbon renewable energy credits.
Published August 7, 2018