To effectively address today’s energy and related environmental issues, partnerships are essential. In addition to collaboration among the university’s many energy and related research laboratories, Ohio State facilitates a myriad of external relationships (formal and informal, collaborative and consultative, sponsor and client) with other academic institutions, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and Ohio-based businesses as well as national and multinational corporations. These partnerships advance our goal of positioning Ohio State as the land-grant institution leader in energy issues.
AEP Energy, Ohio State Partner on Solar Array
AEP Energy has completed installation of a 101-kilowatt (kW) solar array on the roof of The Ohio State University’s Student Life Recreation and Physical Activities Center (RPAC). AEP Energy funded the installation and will own and operate the approximately 10,000-square-foot array, made up of 367 solar panels arranged in a configuration similar to the “Block O.”
The solar array is valued at approximately $400,000, and the electricity produced by the array – approximately 116,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually – will be supplied to Ohio State at a rate of $.04 per kWh throughout the next eight years. After eight years, Ohio State and AEP Energy may opt to enter into a renewal agreement or allow the agreement to terminate.
To view a time-lapse photography video of the solar array installation, click here: http://youtu.be/tncaEIr2AZ8
Sept. 15, 2014