Hobart and William Smith Colleges unveils pair of solar farms

By LORI GABLE - 10/24/2016 4:38:45 PM

The largest solar installation at any institution of higher education in New York is set to open Thursday at a site owned by Hobart and William Smith Colleges, officials said.

The colleges installed two solar farms to deliver 50 percent of their power through renewable energy and to provide students with hands-on learning experiences.

The projects, which span more than 14 football fields and generate five megawatts of power, will be one of the 10 largest solar projects on college and university campuses in the United States, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

One solar farm is located on Route 14, north of the city of Geneva, Ontario County. The other is located on Gates Road in the town of Seneca, Ontario County.

As a charter member of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, Hobart and William Smith have committed to achieving climate neutrality, meaning net zero emissions, by 2025.

Eventually, officials said, the amount of energy generated by the solar projects will be displayed in real time on the Hobart and William Smith website.

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