EMU Student Solar Project
EMU students are passionate about sustainability!
In the fall of 2017, a group of students began to discuss proactive steps towards reducing the university’s carbon footprint.
Inspired by a volunteer installation model used by a local non-profit, the students began to focus on the potential and feasibility of developing and implementing their own campus solarization initiative.
The Student Solar Panel Project (SSPP) was born. Students are the leading thinkers and workers behind successful implementation.
SSPP plans to finance, design and install a 41 kW solar array on Roselawn, a former dorm that is now office and academic space. The 2400-square-foot array has the potential to produce 56,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, increasing EMU’s solar generating capacity by 40 percent.
Current Roselawn Roof
Projected Solar Array
Collaboration has been key to this endeavor:
- Engineering students began designing the array and performing structural analysis with the help of Engineering Advisory Board member Johann Zimmerman.
- Engineers for a Sustainable World Club members will help with installation.
- Business and economics students developed a financial model.
- Computer Science students designed a data acquisition system and dashboard.
Project completion date is estimated to be mid-April and they need your help to be successful.
Give today and help SSPP and EMU take the next step in sustainability by funding this project!
Those #under30 are especially encouraged to give. Two generous donors will match up to $17,000 if we demonstrate the importance of carbon-neutrality to younger people.