Rutgers University in New Jersey now boasts the largest solar energy system in the nation after the installation of a new 32-acre solar canopy over two large parking lots near Rutgers Athletic Center, providing covered parking while helping to power the campus. Approved by the university’s Board of Governors in May 2011, the $40 million system increases Rutgers’ solar energy generation to nearly ten megawatts of power and provides energy to help meet around 63% of the Livingston campus’ total power needs.
“Because of the subsidies that are in the state of New Jersey and the federal credits that are available it became a no-brainer to do it,” said Michael Kornitas, an energy conservation manager for Rutgers utilities operations. “We’ll be pretty much cash-positive right from the get-go.”
The 8-megawatt system, the second installation on the Rutgers campus, is more than four times larger than the previous system – a 1.4-megawatt, 7-acre system that went online in 2009. “This is an exciting and innovative project that demonstrates Rutgers’ ongoing commitment to energy conservation and environmentally sound practices,” said university president Richard L. McCormick about the new solar canopy.
View a video of the new installation here.
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Yesterday, Bloomberg TV’s “Sportfolio,” the only weekly sports business show on broadcast TV, discussed the history and future of “green sports” with prominent athletes, owners, and industry leaders – featuring the work of the Green Sports Alliance.
Host Rick Horrow sat down with former New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter, founding partner in several environmental funding and consulting groups and a featured speaker at the 2013 Green Sports Alliance Summit in New York. In addition, Horrow interviewed Christina Weiss Lurie, a pioneer in green sports initiatives as an owner of the Philadelphia Eagles; Rita Benson Leblanc, owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, whose branding of the New Orleans NBA franchise is centered around the state’s commitment to coastal preservation and sustainability; and Scott Jenkins, VP of Ballpark Operations for the Seattle Mariners and Chairman of the Green Sports Alliance, and Martin Tull, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance.
Click here to watch the the full segment – Greening of Sports Businesses: Sportfolio (09/12)