The Ohio Department of Development awarded Hiram College and its partner, Carbon Vision LLC, a grant for $165,728 for the installation of 234 solar panels on the Coleman Sports Center. The solar panels are expected to produce 57 megawatt-hours of energy annually. By comparison, the average American home uses approximately 11 megawatt-hours per year.
Two years ago, Hiram College President Thomas V. Chema signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, affirming Hiram’s commitment to go climate neutral. Colleges and universities part of the Climate Commitment agree to model ways to curb global warming emissions and educate students about climate neutrality. The solar panel installation at the Coleman Sports Center is the latest step Hiram College is taking to become more energy-efficient.
“Using renewable energy is an important component to our ongoing efforts to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Chema. “It’s a win-win situation since we will lessen Hiram’s environmental impact and decrease our expenses on electrical consumption.”
The photovoltaic (PV) system will fully cover the flat-roof portion of the Coleman Sports Center. Two American-made PV powered inverters will convert the DC energy into AC energy that will be used by the sports center. Solaris Blackstone Energy, a NABCEP Certified PV Installer, will oversee the system’s design and installation.
Carbon Vision, a full service renewable energy and carbon credit project development firm, is the project developer working in partnership with Hiram College. Carbon Vision specializes in project development that helps organizations create value and improve the environment.
“Carbon Vision is delighted to have partnered with Hiram College on this exciting solar project that fully utilizes the available solar incentives to achieve favorable financial and environmental results and promote hands on learning opportunities for Hiram students,” said Carbon Vision CEO Michael Shaut.
Work to install the PV system is expected to begin in May.
About Carbon Vision:
Carbon Vision is a full service renewable energy/carbon credit project development firm, greenhouse gas emission consultancy, and environmental brokerage. We work with companies to assess and address the impact of emerging greenhouse gas regulation on their business models. Carbon Vision specializes in risk assessment, strategic planning, and project development which helps companies create value and improve the environment.