This week, Greenville Online covered Furman University’s plan to roll out a massive solar farm. This $1.7 million project is the next step toward the university’s goal to be completely carbon neutral by 2026. The campus has already made significant strides toward this goal. To date, Furman has built 8 LEED-certified buildings, 4 of which received the gold certification. In 2013, the university installed geothermal heat pumps to cool and heat 10 of their dorm buildings.
Professor of earth and environmental sciences, Wes Dripps, remarked, “This commitment to sustainability holistically has been one of the strategic priority at Furman for decades now. We’ve seen the opportunity, I think, to really carve out a name for ourselves and kind of make it a part of who we are and what we value.”
Furman’s commitment to sustainability becoming tangible is a vital educational tool, but it isn’t just students who can learn from the solar projects taking place on the university. The solar farm will cover six acres of land along Poinsett Highway. This large-scale rollout is happening under the watchful gaze of consumers and businesses whose interests have been piqued by solar energy. And what is the payoff for Furman? The solar farm is expected to reduce electricity expenditures up to 5% and greenhouse gas emissions by 3%. It’s good for the school while being good for the environment.
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