Ohio Northern University Solar Development
Construction of a 2 MW solar array that will supply electricity to Ohio Northern University began in September and will be complete at the end of 2016.
As the turnkey developer, GEM Energy secured the project financing under a negotiated Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) structure, and will design, construct, operate and maintain the solar array. Under the 25-year PPA, ONU will benefit with a no-out-of-pocket solution where no university capital is required for the array’s construction and ongoing maintenance.
Project specifics include:
- Over 18,000 thin-film panels from First Solar will be used.
- The array will include a single-axis tracker that moves panels to follow the sun, allowing maximum solar harvest.
- The solar field will generate about 10 percent of ONU’s annual electricity needs – an emissions reduction of 2,202 tons, equal to 215 average households.
- ONU will include the solar array in its renewable energy curriculum. The new program will be led by GEM Energy and will include pilot student teams.