521 kW Ground-Mounted Solar Array
System Size: 521.36 kW
Annual Output (AC)
500 kW, 480 VAC
Urbana University wanted to reduce its operational costs, as well as its reliance on non-renewable energy sources. The solution? Melink Corporation.
Melink developed a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) array for the university. Located on the southwest edge of the campus near the football and soccer stadium, the array consists of 2,128 solar PV modules, which contribute to approximately 15% of the school’s energy needs.
Yet even more valuable than this cost savings, the array serves as a visible example of Urbana University‘s commitment to sustainability.
In addition, the university wanted a hands-on tool to demonstrate how the solar array functions. As a solution, Melink installed an interactive, educational touch-screen in the Urbana University Student Center. The display illustrates the technology and the benefits associated with the project, serving as inspiration and motivation for students, faculty, administrators, and guests to make a change in their daily energy routine.
Project construction began in October 2012 and the system was commissioned in November 2012. The project was supported by PNC Energy Capital.