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Drury University’s Smith Hall Goes Solar

For Immediate Release: August 6

Wendy Anderson, Ph.D.
Director of Campus Sustainability
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 6, 2009 — Drury University will test a new hybrid solar power system to generate renewable energy on one of its dormitories. The installation of the large solar panels is scheduled for Aug. 10-11.

SolSource Teknologie in Springfield designed and is installing the system that will use photovoltaic technology to create electricity and solar thermal equipment to heat water. SolSource is testing the hybrid system at Drury before taking it to other organizations and has given Drury a significant price reduction.

“As we maintain our commitment to sustainability, installing cutting edge technologies in renewable energy will reduce our carbon footprint while educating our students about environmental solutions,” says Dr. Wendy Anderson, director of campus sustainability.

The cost-savings and decrease in energy consumption will be primarily impacted by a reduction in natural gas usage. The solar thermal portion of the system will pre-heat water to between 80-120 degrees before it is transferred into the hot water tank where it is heated to 140 degrees. The temperature of water that goes into a hot water tank is typically much colder at 55 degrees. By pre-heating the water, Drury hopes to significantly decrease the amount of natural gas required to bring the water up to temperature. When operating at maximum capacity the system will produce four kilowatts of energy.


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