Charlotte university greenhouse goes solar with Renu Energy Solutions
Renu Energy Solutions has completed an 18 kW solar project in the greenhouse of Johnson C. Smith University’s (JCSU) Sustainability Village, an innovative living-learning prototype for students in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The installation atop the 8,600-square-foot greenhouse, which includes a hydroponic garden and aquaponic facility built to serve as a teaching aid for college students and address a food shortage in northwest Charlotte, is expected to generate 23,750 kWh of energy. to deliver. year. When fully completed, the teams at Renu and JSCU expect the new solar installation to produce nearly 100% of the energy needed to power the greenhouse.
“It is a privilege to partner with JCSU and demonstrate our commitment to support clean energy development within the Charlotte community,” said Matthew Culley, Senior Consultant at Renu Energy Solutions. “By generating clean, reliable energy on-site where it is consumed, Renu hopes to encourage further renewable energy growth in educational institutions.”
The project, powered by Charlotte Motor Speedway and incentives by Duke Energy Incentives, is part of a wider JCSU initiative to promote the education of sustainable development, community food systems and alternative lifestyles that lead to a greener community.
“The goal behind Sustainability Village is to create a living lab experience to foster experiential training, research, and community engagement opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Mark Dugo, assistant professor of ecology and director of The Center for Renewable Energy & Sustainability at JCSU. “By facilitating our efforts to fully power our greenhouse with clean energy, Renu has supported us in showing what sustainability looks like to the wider community.”
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