North Central College recently took another step in reducing their carbon footprint by installing 30 solar panels on the top of their newest residence hall.
“The solar thermal system is a little different than what people think of. This system actually is using the sun and capturing it to heat water which will be used for the domestic hot water system in the building,” said Vice President of Business Operations at North Central College, Mike Hudson.
The project will provide 30% of the energy needed to heat the water for the residents of the hall and save 3,810 therms of natural gas per year.
“This project is a way for the college to reduce their carbon footprint, reduce the amount of non renewable resources that we are using and instead we are using the sun, a renewable resource,” said Brittany Graham, Sustainability Coordinator at the College.
Students will not only get the chance to use the solar panels for a hot shower but will learn from them in science curriculum one they are installed.
“The panels will be a great learning tool for the students and hopefully they can take what they’ve learned here and be knowledgeable about renewables and keep pushing this technology forward,” said Graham.
The more than $170,000 project was paid for by The City of Naperville’s Renewable Energy Grant Program, and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Grant in addition to college funds.
Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale Reports
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