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Students Inspire Middlebury College to Go Solar

John Platt, January 23, 2012

Middlebury College in Vermont is about to install 34 photovoltaic solar power collectors thanks to the efforts of four economics students.

The students -- Spencer Petterson, Camille Seylor, Olivia French and Alexandra Rotatori, all members of Professor of Economics Jon Isham?s fall "Environmental Economics" class -- conducted a cost-benefit analysis that illustrated to college administrators that the solar energy project was worthwhile, according to a report from the Addison County Independent.

The two-acre solar array will be installed in February next to the college's organic garden. According to the college, the solar cells are expected to produce 200,000 kilowatt-hours of energy annually. The equipment is being leased and is expected to save the college between $5,000 and $10,000 per year.

Middlebury already has a wind turbine and a biomass plant on its campus.

Tags: Campus Buzz, Energy, Power, Renewable Energy, Solar


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