Solar Farm - South Campus
- Installation of an up to 20MW fixed or single-axis tilt, ground mounted solar array on 110 acres located south of MSU's main campus near the intersection of Jolly and Hagadorn Roads.
- Installation of direct-buried and overhead tie lines from the Solar Farm location to the Power Plant.
- Construction will occur via a fixed-price Power Purchase Agreement of up to 30 years, with option to purchase.
- Installation of the South Campus Solar Farm will represent another major step towards achieving the goals set by the Energy Transition Plan by producing up to 20MW of electricity annually.
- The university has sought to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and use more renewable sources multiple ways, including:
- T.B. Simon Power Plant's switch from coal to natural gas in 2016 has resulted in a 43% reduction in overall CO2 emissions.
- Solar Carport installation will save the university $10 million in electricity costs over the next 25 years, and will account for a 10,000 metric ton reduction in greenhouse gasses annually.
- Surplus Store and Recycling Center continues to divert materials from landfill - 60% of MSU's waste was diverted in FY2015-16.
- Anaerobic Digester produces a sustained 400kW electrical supply from food waste and animal excrement, along with a high-quality organic fertilizer.
- Bott Building Geothermal Field produces about 20% of the building's energy needs.
- Increase the campus' renewable-sourced electrical load from 18% to 50%.
- Increase the average yearly campus electrical load using renewables from 7% to 20%.
- Land under solar panels will remain available for sheep grazing and pollinator habitat.
- Construction start: TBD
- Substantial completion: TBD
- Most of the cost of the project will be carried by the power agreement partner, with recapture via fixed-rate sale of energy generated to the university.
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