A couple of 8 X 60-foot solar panels on the east side of campus soon will be feeding energy into the university's electrical system. The panels are a gift from CB Solar, Des Moines, a solar system contractor founded by Iowa State alumni.
The solar energy generated by the two 12.5-kilowatt panels should provide enough electricity to power a facility the size of The Knoll (the president's house) for three months, said Lindsey Wanderscheid, project engineer for utilities in facilities planning and management. The panels also will be useful in teaching and research, she said.
Panel installation began Wednesay and should be completed today. The panels are going up near the wind turbine, northeast of the ISU Power Plant, and are visible from University Boulevard.
Within a few weeks, the panels should be tied into the electrical system and making a contribution to university energy needs, Wanderscheid said.
In exchange for the donated panels, ISU officials will provide the panel's generated electricity records to CB Solar.