Projects in Progress

Marshall Student Center Solar Project

The Marshall Student Center is undergoing a $1.3 million project to significantly increase its solar energy production—the largest project undertaken by the USF Student Green Energy Fund to date.


The 1,075 solar panels installed on Marshall Student Center's third- and fourth-level roofs in June will generate 525,000 kWh per year, the annual energy usage of 39 homes. The project adds to a pre-existing 15 kW system on the Marshall Student Center and a 8.82 kW system on the center's amphitheater.

The new panels are expected to start generating power by mid-July. The center will use the energy during the day to offset its power usage, sending any excess energy produced back into the grid.

Follow along with the installation's progress with the pictures below.

Project Manager John Pilz with Marshall Student Center solar panels

Project Manager John Pilz stands among newly installed solar panels on the Marshall Student Center roof.

Solar panels on top of the Marshall Student Center

The installation of more than 1,000 more solar panels on the Marshall Student Center roof was completed in June.

Solar panels on MSC seen from afar

The solar panels will help power the Marshall Student Center, sending any excess energy produced back into the grid.

Marshall Student Center roof prior to solar panel installation

A wide view of the Marshall Student Center roof as the solar panel installation begins

Solar panels arrive on the Marshall Student Center

A crane delivers solar panels to the Marshall Student Center roof.