Solar Installations at Catawba College
When Catawba’s solar project was completed in the summer of 2015, it produced more solar electricity than that produced by all of North Carolina’s other colleges and universities combined.
Eight Buildings On Campus Incorporate Solar Elements
The installation includes photovoltaic systems, solar thermal collectors, campus-wide water fixture replacements and extra roof insulation. This is projected to save the college nearly $5 million over the next 20 years and was uncommon for systems to be mounted on existing rooftops and parking lots, as Catawba’s is. More often, the projects are installed on large field areas. Catawba’s project is significant because it doesn’t take up additional land resources.
Types of Solar installations at Catawba
There are two types of solar installations on Catawba's rooftops. Read more below:
These panels use solar energy to produce electricity. The photovoltaic systems at Catawba College are broken down into systems that directly serve the College and systems that send power back to the grid.
Solar Thermal Collectors
The solar thermal collectors at Catawba College use solar energy to generate heat. This heat is then used for hot water, particularly in the College's residence halls, gymnasium, and field house.