2.15 MW Ground-Mounted Solar Array
System Size: 2,154,040 W
Annual Output (AC)
245W Crystalline Silicon
For Cedarville University, Melink Corporation developed the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) array directly connected to an Ohio university. The solar array helps Cedarville University reduce its operational costs, as well as decrease its reliance on non-renewable energy sources.
With support from U.S. Bancorp and Union Bank & Trust, project construction began in January 2013, and the system was commissioned in April 2013.
Cedarville’s solar array is located on the southwest edge of its campus, adjacent to a waste water treatment facility. The array consists of 8,792 solar PV modules, which contribute approximately 10% of the school’s energy needs.
Yet most important to Cedarville is that the array is used as an educational tool. The school’s engineering students study the array, and Melink installed an interactive touch-screen to educate all at the university.
The touch-screen device is installed in the Cedarville University Student Center to illustrate the solar project’s technology and the benefits. The interactive portal serves as inspiration and motivation for students, faculty, administrators, and guests to make a change in their daily energy routine.