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SGEF Solar Panel 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 Student Green Energy Fund to date.
When finished, 1,075 solar panels will be added to the Marshall Student Center's third- and fourth-level roofs. The installation will be in addition to a pre-existing 15kW system on the Marshall Student Center and a 8.82 kW system on the center's amphitheater.
The additional panels will generate 525,000 kWh per year, the annual energy usage of 39 homes.
June 2017 Update
6.13.17 - The solar panels have all been installed. In the coming weeks, electricians will be running cable/conduit for connectivity. After the connection, the team will begin testing the system.
May 2017 Updates
5.16.17 - John Pilz, a USF senior majoring in environmental science and policy, submitted the solar panel project to the Student Green Energy Fund after two years of work on the proposal.
"The solar proposal was a project designed — since I started
on it two years ago — to really make a
difference with the (SGEF). To do, what I believe, the (SGEF) was created for," Pilz, a senior majoring in environmental science and policy, said. "Which is to create green energy for USF and to make an impact
with dollars that we have that one or two people can't just do alone."
5.9.17 - Panels are currently being installed on the 3rd floor roof. Installation on the 4th floor will begin in the coming weeks.
April 2017 Updates
4.25.17 - The panels are being moved into position for final placement beginning in early May.
4.19.17 - Cranes, trucks, and large machinery may block the north entrance over the next couple of days as work continues on the solar panel project. For your safety, be sure to follow the instructions of the signs and flaggers in this area.
March 2017 Update
The Marshall Student Center, in conjunction with USF Facilities, Planning & Construction and the Student Green Energy Fund is excited to announce our Solar Array Project. The project kicked-off on February 2, 2017 and included a review of the current roof conditions and a review of the construction drawings and completion of permits (all behind the scenes work). In the coming weeks, laydown of materials and coordination for deliveries will be made. Materials will be loaded to the roof and work will begin on Saturday, April 1st. Work is scheduled to be completed at the end of May. 2017. Upon completion, there will be an interactive digital screen showing the energy generated by the solar panels. The screen will be located in the MSC Atrium.
Sponsored by: Student Green Energy Fund
Construction Management Team: Manhattan Construction
Design and Installation: Solar Source
Completion: Summer 2017
Read more about the project here.