Scottish University Brings Solar to Campus

[] The Jack Kilby Center on the Merchiston Campus of Napier University is being outfitted with one of the largest installation of solar panels in Scotland, according to the university’s Web site. Renewable energy contractor Solar Green will install 160 sqm of BP Solar Saturn panels, which should generate on average 16 kW of electricity annually, which is enough to power around 50 to 80 of the 500 computers at the Jack Kilby Center. Installation of the solar panels is more than just an economy drive as the university is also setting up a solar panel laboratory to carry out research into the effectiveness of such power sources and work to improve their efficiency. The panels’ efficiency rate is 16 percent, and will power computers for six to eight hours per day. All the power generated will be consumed internally. But on the few days that the Jack Kilby Centre is closed Napier has agreed to sell the electricity produced to Greenpower, which will channel it into the UK National Grid. The Energy Saving Trust provided a grant of GBP 82,000 (US $153,369) to help with project costs.
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