The roof of DePauw Universityâ€™s Indoor Tennis and Track Center now displays 860 solar panels, the campusâ€™s first renewable energy project and a step toward meeting the universityâ€™s goal of becoming a leader in sustainable practices.
â€śThis project will significantly offset our annual energy purchase requirements for our Indoor Track and Tennis Facility and reduce DePauw’s carbon footprint,â€ť said Chris Hoffa, DePauwâ€™s director of facility operations.Â â€śIts campus location provides the greatest amount of solar resource and acts as a prominent exhibit of our commitment to sustainability for people visiting our campus farm.â€ť
(The solar array during installation)
Spearheaded by Rick â€™76 and Jan Neville, the solar initiative celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Center for Sustainability at DePauw. More than 40 additional donors gave toward the installation of the panels, which cost $460,000.
â€śSustainability has existed in the spirits and actions of DePauw students for over a decade,â€ť said Malorie Garbe, DePauwâ€™s director of sustainability. â€śThis solar array is a physical representation of our sustainability values as an institution and we canâ€™t wait to see more renewable energy features installed on campus for years to come.â€ť