Over the past nine months, 15 Stanford buildings have added new solar photovoltaic panels. Thanks to the new solar panels on these buildings, Stanford’s electric distribution system will receive about 4.5 added megawatts of power.
Stanford opened a solar farm in the Mojave, but not all environmentalists are smiling about it.
A Solar Generating Station and new solar panels will allow 65 percent of Stanford’s electricity to come from renewable resources by the end of 2016.
Stanford is partnering with SunPower to make the campus energy supply greener by installing new rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems, or solar panels, and building an off-campus solar energy plant. The project is a part of the Stanford Energy Systems Innovations (SESI) project, an effort to reduce the university’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Ultimately Denis envisions entire green cities that function like ecosystems, exchanging materials and energy throughout the system in a self-sufficient way. Already there are experiments with sustainable buildings on a larger scale, such as the ecodistricts targeted for Washington DC and Los Angeles.
Stanford plans to increase the role of solar power in generating energy for campus.
Provost John Etchemendy Ph.D. ‘82 recently approved an Office of Sustainability initiative to install solar panels on a parking structure and on twelve other buildings across campus as a companion project to the Stanford Energy Systems Innovations (SESI) initiative.
A team of Stanford researchers has collaborated with scientists at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to produce the first successful demonstration of peel-and-stick solar cells, which can be attached to almost any surface or object.