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Solar Energy at ‘Gate: One Step Closer to Climate Neutrality!

By Sustainability Office on September 30, 2013
Solar Thermal Installation

2013 Solar Thermal Installation – 100 Broad St. Photo by Patrick Leamy.

Have you noticed the newly assembled solar panels on the side wall of the Creative Arts House (100 Broad Street)? Students living in the building are now using renewable solar energy instead of fossil fuel for their domestic hot water use!

The solar thermal panels will eliminate our use of nearly 900 gallons of fuel oil while reducing our heating costs by over $2,600 each year. Furthermore, the 600 square-feet of solar panels will reduce Colgate’s carbon footprint by over nine tons, inching us ever closer to our goal of carbon neutrality by 2019. Since these systems can last for over 20 years, this turns out to be a good deal for both our energy budget and for the planet.

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