Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Green Knight Strikes Again, or Sol Iustitiae et Occidentem Illustra gains a new literal meaning!

The Rutgers Seal famously points out that "The Sun of Righteousness Shines Also Upon the West". It was announced today that all that bright occidental sun shining on the Livingston campus is going to be put to practical use supplying 10% of the campus's electricity (with half the 10 million dollar cost of the solar energy facility coming from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities).

... the solar energy project will save Rutgers more than $200,000 in its first year of operation, rising to more than $300,000 in annual savings by the end of the 15-year program. In addition, the annual 1,350 ton reduction of CO2 emissions from the university is equivalent to saving more than 28 hundred barrels of oil, or 640 tons of coal [helping to save a West Virginia mountaintop!].

Construction of the solar farm is expected to begin this fall and to be in operation in spring 2009. The facility will be located on an open parcel of land at the northeast corner of the Livingston Campus in Piscataway, bordered by Berrue Circle, Road 2 and Suttons Lane. The ground-mounted array will comprise more than 7,000 solar panels about four-feet high.

The Green Knight (not the green knight known as "Sparty" who was last chased out of Piscataway with his tail between his legs in 2005) raises his sword once again.

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