On April 18th Governor Terry McAuliffe joined University of Virginia’s executive vice president and chief operating officer Mike Hogan in cutting the ceremonial ribbon for Clemons’ rooftop solar array—a project that has turned adversity to advantage by transforming Clemons’ once leaky roof into a means of powering the building.
According to a UVA Today article, “since mid-February, 324 panels, totaling about 7,530 square feet, on the roof of Clemons Library have been producing what will amount to about 199,600 kilowatt hours of electricity per year”—15 percent of the library’s annual usage.
Governor McAuliffe touted the project as part of his state-wide initiative to increase the amount of power produced by the sun in Virginia, and the number of jobs produced by the solar industry. In 2011 the UVA Board of Visitors committed to reducing UVA’s greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent below 2009 levels by 2025.
Read more about the Library’s part in the University’s sustainability plans in the article “UVA’s New Solar Array Makes a Powerful Statement” (UVA Today, 4/19/2017).