DSD installs 14.5 MW in solar carports for Rutgers University

By SB Staff June 22, 2023

DSD Renewables has been chosen by Rutgers University to put in 16 solar carport canopies, totaling 14.5 MW, in parking heaps throughout the college’s a number of campuses in New Jersey.

This is the primary main sustainability initiative to roll out since Rutgers president Jonathan Holloway introduced the college’s dedication to a local weather motion plan in September 2021. The challenge, anticipated to generate 18 GWh of unpolluted electrical energy yearly, will push Rutgers towards its purpose of attaining carbon neutrality by 2040, and can considerably add to the prevailing stock of solar canopies that presently cowl 33 acres of the Livingston Campus.

“Beyond the obvious environmental and societal benefits aligning with the recommendations and objectives of the Rutgers Climate Task Force and the work they are doing, just as important, is that lowering our utilities’ costs will have a positive downstream effect benefiting our students and their families with respect to the cost of attending Rutgers,” stated Antonio Calcado, government VP and chief working officer on the college.

At no upfront price to the college, the initiatives are being financed via a power buy settlement (PPA), wherein DSD will design, construct, personal, function and preserve the solar canopies throughout campuses for a 15-year time period. Over that point, the generated power will likely be bought by Rutgers Division of Institutional Planning and Operations (IP&O) at a considerably discounted charge in comparison with the native utility.

“It’s an unconventional project in that we are not spending university funds, but accruing significant benefits,” stated Frank Wong, IP&O’s assistant VP, college planning and improvement. “The project will significantly reduce our energy costs over time and be a visible sign of our ongoing sustainability efforts.”

Construction is presently underway throughout a number of of the college’s campus parking heaps, and the initiatives are anticipated to be full in late 2023. Once full, the carports will create shaded parking zone protection, lowering city warmth island results of floor parking heaps and offering cowl from snowfall/precipitation throughout winter months, whereas offering clear energy to school buildings and operations.

“This is an exciting portfolio of projects that will provide Rutgers students across five campuses with access to renewable energy, and will ultimately bring the university closer to its sustainability goals while saving money on electricity,” stated Kevin Brooks, senior director, origination at DSD.

DSD was awarded the challenge via a aggressive bidding course of, and was in the end chosen based mostly on its deep expertise in growing massive scale solar options for MUSH market prospects.

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Tags: carport/cover, business and industrial, DSD Renewables, Rutgers University

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