Quinnipiac University Developing Wind & Solar Initiatives

Quinnipiac University has officially unveiled a US $4 million renewable energy and sustainability plan for its new York Hill Campus. The 250-acre campus will feature two projects that will use renewable energy sources to produce electricity and make the campus more sustainable.

The first project, a “wind garden” composed of 42 vertical-axis wind turbines, will generate approximately 84,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. These wind turbines, each approximately 40 feet high, will be built into a garden area complete with stone benches that will provide an area for student gathering and reflection. the school said.

The second project includes placing 1,232 photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of the 475,000-square-foot Crescent residence hall that will convert energy from the sun to electricity and generate about 250,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.

Joseph Rubertone, associate vice president for facilities administration at Quinnipiac, is spearheading the project which is designed by Centerbrook Architects and Planners.

“York Hill is being designed as a leading example of environmentally sensitive development that will strive to mitigate the impact on the environment,” Rubertone said.

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