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PS 1 Soaks Up the Sun

New solar panels will provide energy for the new Aztec Student Union.
New solar panels will provide energy for the new Aztec Student Union.
New solar panels will provide energy for the new Aztec Student Union.

PS1 Soaking in the Sun

SDSU President Elliot Hirshman spoke at the ceremony about the importance of student led sustainability initiatives.
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Aztecs celebrated today the installation of a 356-kilowatt solar photovoltaics array on the top level of Parking Structure 1 that will provide energy to the new Aztec Student Union, currently under construction. The newest development supports the efforts of students, faculty and staff to develop sustainable practices and facilities across campus.

Manufactured by Kyocera Solar, the solar array, which will also serve as a shade structure for parked cars, is the largest solar PV installation on campus and is part of the planned features of the new student union that seeks Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.

Increased energy efficiency

The array will offset approximately 50 percent of the total energy use of the Aztec Student Union, scheduled to open in fall 2013, and will offset the Associated Student’s total energy costs until that time.

Our work and our commitment to sustainability will live on through the way we live our lives and through the impact we have on SDSU.

At the event, the California Center for Sustainable Energy presented a rebate check to SDSU for $749,163 as part of the California Solar Initiative, to offset the $2.3 million cost of the project.

Green Love

Since the AS established the Green Love Sustainability Advisory Board in 2008, the organization has instituted a number of sustainability initiatives throughout all of its facilities, including solar arrays at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, SDSU Children’s Center, and Aztec Aquaplex.

Other initiatives include:

A model for sustainability

“Sustainability is important to the students of San Diego State University,” said Morgan Chan, Associated Students sustainability commissioner.

“By creating a campus that is a model for sustainability, and that serves as an example for other universities, we are leaving a lasting legacy to benefit future Aztec generations. Our work and our commitment to sustainability will live on through the way we live our lives and through the impact we have on SDSU.”

An on-campus Cogeneration Plant and various solar panel arrays meet nearly all of the campus’s energy needs, providing up to 99 percent of the energy used. The natural gas-burning plant and solar panels supply up to 14 megawatts of power, or enough energy for about 9,100 residential households. On average, the campus uses about 12 megawatts of power per day.


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