Solar Installations

VCU Energy Management installed a 710 PV panel array on the N-Deck parking garage on the MCV Campus. This array will help VCU have an annual energy savings of 184,000 kWh and a greenhouse gas reduction of 100 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCDE). Another 780 PV panel array on the West Broad Street Deck parking garage on the Monroe Park Campus is one of the largest university arrays in Virginia, with an output of 179.4 kW DC, an annual energy savings of 200,000 kWh and an annual greenhouse gas reduction of 115 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

VCU Energy has also installed three pole-mounted dual-axis solar PV trackers. An annual output of 3.6 kW DC each contributes to an annual energy savings of 24,000 kWh and a greenhouse gas reduction of 15 MTCDE each.

Shafer Court Dining Center has just been outfitted with a 750 gallon solar thermal domestic hot water heater that has an annual energy savings of 20,987 therms and a greenhouse gas reduction of 111 MTCDE. This solar water heater is able to provide about half of the hot water needs at Shafer Court.

VCU Energy’s implementation of solar PV and solar hot water heaters will help VCU to reduce our annual greenhouse gas emissions by 371 MTCDE.