In November, 2010 Secure Futures completed a solar power generation system on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
The EMU solar project was the first commercial-scale project in Virginia history, and at the time it went live, was the largest photovoltaic (PV) system of any kind in Virginia. The system incorporates high-efficiency solar panels made in the United States by SunPower, based in California.
A press release on the project may be found here.
The solar panels are installed on the roof of Hartzler Library and are not visible from ground level, but they can be seen from the balcony of a neighboring building, the EMU Campus Center, or in photos available at EMU’s Solar Website.
|Projected Annual Pollution Savings 104 kW PV Deployment|
|1,820 lbs||SO2- Sulphur Dioxide – Associated with visible pollution (haze) and acid rain.|
|3,240 lbs||NOx – Oxides of Nitrogen – One of the main causes of ozone (smog), also associated with acid rain.|
|20 lbs||PM10 – Particulate matter smaller than 10 microns – associated with lung ailments.|
|340,800 lbs||CO2 – Carbon Dioxide is a normal atmospheric component. However, increased levels are likely to cause future climate changes.|
|30 lbs||VOC’s – Volatile Organic Compounds – One of the primary causes of ozone (smog), also some of the individual compounds are toxic.|
|120,000 gallons||Cooling Water Consumption – Because power plants are typically only about 36 percent efficient, they throw off an enormous amount of waste heat.|