Opportunity

2.27 megawatt
solar power system

12%
electricity needs

2,409 tons
of CO2 offset

Oberlin College, a private liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio, is known for its academic and musical excellence and its commitment to social engagement and diversity. Oberlin College is a leader in sustainable campuses and committed to renewable energy generation, so a solar power system was a right fit for the college.

Solution

SPG Solar designed and installed a solar tracking system that covers roughly 10 acres. By utilizing SPG Solar’s SunSeeker single-axis tracker, the solar panels will follow the sun through the course of the day and generate more solar energy. Spear Point Energy financed the solar project through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), requiring no upfront capital costs from the school.

Result

The system will lower energy costs, further showcase the college’s commitment to sustainability and provide research opportunities for students and faculty at the college in multiple disciplines.

“SPG has been very responsive. They’ve done hundreds of projects throughout the country, so this is pretty straightforward for them. They’ve become very efficient.”Rob Lamppa, Oberlin College director of sustainability and energy management

Solar Power Generation

The solar tracking system produces over 3 million kilowatt hours (kWh) yearly, equivalent to powering 300 average American homes annually and providing energy during peak hours of the day, when electricity loads and prices are at their highest.

Benefit

  • Lower operating costs at the college
  • Further commitment to sustainability
  • Offsets 2,409 tons of carbon dioxide annually
  • Equivalent to removing 455 cars from our congested roads yearly