Construction begun at Furman University on the state’s largest university solar farm.
Associate Vice President for Facility and Campus Services Jeff Redderson told South Carolina Radio Network that the installation will be built on six acres near the campus just north of Greenville. “Visible there along Poinsett Highway, it’s just an example of some of the things were are teaching our students about sustainability,” Redderson said.
The Greenville News first reported the plans last week.
Redderson hoped the solar farm will cut the university’s electric campuswide bill by up to 5 percent and greenhouse gas emission by about 3 percent, although it is expected to take eight years for a return on the investment. “It really aligns well with Furman’s overall sustainability goals,” he said.
When complete, the 743-kW project will become the largest such facility on a college campus in the Palmetto State. Redderson said the $1.7 million project is expected to be up and running early next year.