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ASU Received National Recognition for Progress in Solar Energy

March 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Education

It is my pleasure to share with you a short video detailing the tremendous progress being made at Arizona State University, as faculty and students conduct meaningful research with measureable impact to harness the sun’s energy.

Just six months ago, ASU surpassed 10 megawatts of total solar energy generating capacity, boosting our leadership in higher education for solar energy generation in the U.S. At the close of 2011, we hit 14.5 megawatts of total solar energy generating capacity – enough to power approximately 29 percent of ASU’s daytime power needs.

By the end of this year, ASU is on track to generate 17 megawatts of solar power. Our leading solar program not only allows us to utilize our abundant natural resource within the Valley of the Sun, but also teaches our students about their environmental impact and empowers them to change the world.

Since ASU introduced the first 34-kilowatt solar panel system to the Tempe campus in 2004, the university has made significant strides in its solar program. As ASU continues toward its 20 megawatt goal in 2014, it upholds a pledge to reduce its carbon footprint and implement sustainability-minded solutions into the campus community.

I hope you enjoy the video, which can be viewed by clicking the link below. ASU createdthe video in support of its selection as a finalist in the Climate Leadership Awards.


Rick  Shangraw
R.F. “Rick” Shangraw, Jr., Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
ASU Foundation for A New American University

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Vince // Jun 12, 2012 at 10:14 am

    It’s amazing that even though Arizona is one of the most conservative states in the U.S., ASU is able to stay on the cutting edge of green technologies.

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