Renewable energy through the power of the sun
Denison currently receives 15% of its energy from solar energy. Our largest solar array, comprised of 6750 panels located on a 10-acre degraded field in the college’s BioReserve, provides 2.3 megawatts of energy. This array, along with a smaller “teaching” array located behind Denison’s Red Barn Recycling Station, became active in 2017. The BioReserve array also is home to Ohio’s first solar array pollinator habitat, with more than 1 million pollinator-friendly plants.
These solar arrays have reduced our carbon footprint by 10%, a healthy step forward toward Denison’s commitment of carbon neutrality by 2030.
Historic landmarks in solar energy
Denison was an early adopter of solar power. In the early 1980s, a couple of small solar arrays were added to the Denison Homestead. One of the arrays powers a pump that provides drinking water for the 12 students living there and the other array powers lights and a refrigerator in the cabins. A major renovation and addition at the Homestead saw the installation of a 10.14kW array in 2013.
In 2007, a 6.44kW array was installed on the roof of the Library. This array was one of the first to be installed at a college in Ohio.
The Polly Anderson Field Station at the Denison Biological Reserve has a geothermal heating and cooling system and in 2014, a 7.84kW solar array was added to the roof of that building.