As part of its commitment to going greener, Michigan State Universityâ€™s Board of Trustees today authorized the installation of a 20-megawatt solar array.
The array will be located on nearly 100 acres just south of MSUâ€™s main campus between Bennett and Jolly roads. It will produce the energy equivalent of powering 4,400 homes and triple the campusâ€™s use of renewable energy. Once complete, MSUâ€™s solar arrays â€“ which include previously installed solar carports â€“ will span nearly 145 acres.
â€śThe sustainability of our environment goes hand in hand with the well-being of our students, faculty and staff at Michigan State,â€ť said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. â€śThis project not only furthers MSUâ€™s commitment to renewable energy, it also provides a cleaner future for our campus, the world and the next generation of Spartans.â€ť
The project is expected to cost about $2.3 million and will be funded with MSU utility reserve funds. It is estimated that the array will begin producing power by the end of 2022 and save the university at least $27 million in the next 25 years, with potential savings much higher.
â€śMSUâ€™s commitment to sustainability goes beyond creating cleaner energy,â€ť said Dianne Byrum, chairperson of the MSU Board of Trustees. â€śIt influences our education, our research and our will to inspire global solutions to climate change. This array is just one example of the many contributions MSU makes to sustainability here at home and around the world.â€ť
Other board activity included:
The next board meeting will be April 17.