University of Hartford

System Size (kW): 17.5

Savings: The fixed array of photovoltaic panels on the roof of the University's Lincoln Theater generates nearly 10 percent of the building’s electrical power needs.




Solar Energy at the University of Hartford

The University of Hartford has begun using solar energy panels on the roof of Lincoln Theater to generate electrical power for the building. On May 17, 2006 the University “threw the switch” to mark the beginning of the operation of a fixed array of photovoltaic panels on the roof of Lincoln Theater that uses solar power to generate nearly 10 percent of the building’s electrical power needs.

Sixty-three modules/solar panels (laid out in three groups of 21 panels each) are on the roof of Lincoln Theater. Each 21-panel grouping is three panels deep by seven panels across. It is estimated that the panels will generate about 17,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.

Solar Energy Engineering and Technology

Work related to the arrays, were developed by the recently established Clean Energy Institute under the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture Engineering Application Center.

The second phase of the project will involve the installation of an array of photovoltaic cells that will track the sun as it crosses the sky each day. The tracking array is central to the development of solar-related course content with the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture.

Current course content on Solar Design Engineering will be expanded using information from the array’s data acquisition system. This includes validation of different solar irradiation models for Connecticut, building a database on solar cell performance for Connecticut, and improvements in solar cell performance. University officials hope installation of the tracking array will be completed later this summer.

Solar Energy and Energy Education Hartford

Plans are to extend these educational benefits to include the University High School of Science and Engineering and to introduce younger students to the concept of using the sun for electrical generation. For example, middle school students may have the opportunity to visit the University and learn about photovoltaic power generation. In addition, workshops and seminars targeted to business and industry arranged to encourage interest in using solar energy to offset fossil-based power purchases.

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University of Hartford                   Barry Lubin
200 Bloomfield Avenue                Professor, College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture
West Hartford, CT 06117             (860) 768-4850
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