Through its Solar by Degrees program, Oregon State University (OSU) will begin producing solar electricity in January 2013 with two solar arrays installed on four acres of OSU's land. The two installations will total 750 kilowatts of solar capacity. SolarWorld supplied the solar panels that are being used in the system and SolarCity installed, owns, and will operate the system. OSU will purchase the power for a discount over the university's standard retail electricity rates with Pacific Power.
The project is slated to be expanded to ten acres by the fall of 2013 and, once complete, is expected to produce between 3-5 percent of the university's annual energy demand. Through the program, SolarCity internship opportunities will also be made available for OSU students.
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Oregon State begins solar power project
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Oregon State University Planting Seeds for "Solar Farm" on Campus as Part of OUS Program