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Solar Project at Augustana College

Radish Magazine

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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