1 MW Solar Tracking Demonstration Project
UGA partnered with Georgia Power to install a 1-megawatt solar array in an underutilized agricultural field next to the UGA Club Sports Complex on South Milledge Avenue. The project includes various technologies for tracking patterns of the sun to maximize the output of electricity, providing research opportunities for students in the UGA College of Engineering and others. An on-site webcam provided a time-lapse view of the construction. Construction started in 2015 and the site went active in early 2016.
Jackson Street Building 18 kW Solar Array
This 18-kilowatt solar electric system was installed in 2012 on the roof of the Jackson Street Building, which houses programs of the College of Environment & Design. Seventy-two MAGE Powertec 240 photovoltaic panels harness energy from the sun to help power lights, mechanical systems and plug loads inside the Jackson Street Building. Overall the project generates about 30,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing five personal vehicles from our local roadways every year. Economically, the panels will reduce monthly electricity bills and are estimated to pay for themselves in fourteen years. To learn more about sustainable design in the Jackson Street Building & to see real-time performance of the solar panels, visit the Jackson Street Building EcoScreen.
UGA Solar Charging Station at Herty Field
University students who decide to write their essay papers or study for final exams outside no longer have to worry about losing power, thanks to a solar-powered charging station across from Herty Field on North Campus. From afar, the charging station looks like any other wooden table topped with a canopy, but, instead of canvas, the canopy is constructed of solar panels. The ConnecTable is capable of charging between 75 and 150 mobile devices a day, even on cloudy days, with the use of a 530-watt solar array and 225 amp-hour gel cell battery. Installed by the UGA Grounds Department in 2015.
UGArden Solar Array
A free-standing solar array with eight solar panels helps to power a farm building and charge an electric vehicle at the UGArden Teaching & Demonstration Farm. The project was designed by a team of UGA Engineering students and installed in 2013 through the UGA Campus Sustainability Grants program.