Using The Sun To Save Money

By: Danielle Saar Email
By: Danielle Saar Email

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter was in Pueblo on Tuesday to shed some light on the new solar power system that was built on the C.S.U. campus.

C.S.U. Pueblo now has the largest renewable energy installation of any university in Colorado.

Governor Ritter made sure he was on hand to help dedicate the project.

B.P. Solar, Black Hills Energy and C.S.U. Pueblo recently teamed up to install a solar-electric power system on the university campus.

"We really think the energy future for the United States of America is going to change. It has to. The way we both produce and consume energy, and so this is a great way to sort of change the culture by putting these kinds of facilities on a college campus," says Governor Ritter.

The 1.2 megawatt facility covers more than 4 acres of the campus with close to 7-thousand panels.

The system is capable of generating about 10 percent of the university's electric usage.

"Solar is incredibly important to provide alternatives to the state and to the country," says Debbie Strachan, B.P. Solar.

The new solar facility will eliminate about 13-hundred metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air. That's equivalent of removing 235 cars from the road.

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