Solar panels power DePauw Tennis and Track Center, reduce university’s carbon footprint
The roof of DePauw University’s Indoor Tennis and Track Center now displays 860 solar panels, the campus’s first renewable energy project and a step toward meeting the university’s goal of becoming a leader in sustainable practices.
“This project will significantly offset our annual energy purchase requirements for our Indoor Track and Tennis Facility and reduce DePauw’s carbon footprint,” Chris Hoffa, DePauw’s director of facility operations, said. “Its 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.”
Spearheaded by 1976 graduate Rick Neville and wife Jan, 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.
“Sustainability has existed in the spirits and actions of DePauw students for over a decade,” Malorie Garbe, DePauw’s director of sustainability, said. “This solar array is a physical representation of our sustainability values as an institution and we can’t wait to see more renewable energy features installed on campus for years to come.”