TU to get solar array

Tiffin University and IGS Solar are to begin construction this year on the first solar project on the rooftop of the Heminger Center, located on Miami Street.

The solar system is to drive a cleaner, emission-free energy platform, as well as start TU’s environmental commitment. The solar array is to consist of 705 panels constructed on 14,000 square feet of rooftop space at the capacity of 240 kilowatts. The array is to generate roughly 270,000 kilowatt-hours per year, enough to supply about 26 percent of the electricity consumption for Heminger Center.

That amount of solar power is enough to provide electricity for about 24 residential homes. The amount of emissions avoided is equivalent to removing 32 cars from the road annually, or avoiding burning 213,331 pounds of coal.

Construction is expected to start in October, with the array set to be online in November.