Solar Farm to be built on U of I Campus

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CHAMPAIGN – Our partners at The News-Gazette report a solar farm is now under construction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

News-Gazette reporter Julie Wurth writes the farm was supposedly scheduled to start construction back in the summer of 2013.

Wurth spoke with Morgan Johnston, the associate director of sustainability at UI Facilities and Services overseeing the solar farm project. Johnston expects the first panels to be in place around mid-September. Installation will be complete by late October with the farm running fully by Christmas.

According to the News-Gazette, the farm is being built south of Windsor Road and west of First Street. It will connect to the campus grid on Oak Street.

This farm is being built in partnership with Phoenix Solar of San Ramon, California. The News-Gazette’s article reports the university will pay the company $15.5 million over the course of ten years to run the solar farm. After ten years, the university will take over operations.

In its completion, the farm will be 21-acres and provide 2 percent of the university’s power.

More coverage of this event is available at the News-Gazette’s article here: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2015-08-01/solar-farm-construction-begins-ui-campus.html

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