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Solar Project at Augustana College

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Radish Magazine
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Just in time for Earth Day and its 50th anniversary, Augustana College has announced plans to put solar panels on four campus buildings. 

Kai Swanson, co-chair of the college's Climate Change Task Force, says a private company, Keystone Power Holdings, will install the panels, own them, and maintain them. And Augustana will buy the electricity that's generated at a fixed price. 

"We as the host of these sites provide a steady customer base for Keystone Energy to buy this at a pre-determined rate. And then over time they're able to take advantage of some tax credits that make it advantageous from their perspective to be a partner like this."

Installation will begin this summer - on Centennial Hall, the Carver P.E. Center, Westerlin Residence Center, and the Pepsico Recreation Center - and should be completed early next year.

Once installed, the solar panels wil provide about eight per cent of the college's electric energy needs.

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