Currently Planning a 2 Megawatt Array
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.
Denison is currently planning a 2 megawatt array that will include more than 6000 solar panels and produce enough electricity to offset 15 percent of the college’s annual usage as well as reduce its carbon footprint by nearly 10 percent.