Wednesday, August 19, 2009

OC Athletics gets even greener


LEED Gold Certified
Williams Field House is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building on campus. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the certification verifies that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. (

The lighting of the facility is designed to take advantage of the natural light from windows and skylights. The lights are equipped with sensors, which will measure the total light on the playing surface. Once the foot-candles reach 100, the lights will begin to turn off and therefore reduce energy consumption.

- In July 2009, the Oberlin College Athletic and Physical Education Department will be installing a solar panel on the north end of Savage Stadium. This solar panel will provide enough energy to power the football, baseball and softball scoreboards and still have some surplus to feed back to the electrical grid. Below is a brief Q&A with the installation company, RePower Solutions:

Who is The Manufacturer? - Sharp

What are the dimensions of the panel? - (Attached Spec Sheet)

Have you installed these for sports complexes in the past? - We worked on both the design and installation side of the project at Progressive Field. We generally design and install systems that are substantially larger than this single-panel system. We have installed solar electric systems at industrial, commercial and residential locations.

What is the lifespan of this product? - It is expected to produce electricity for over 25 years.

Any additional information? - The football scoreboard uses about 50-kWh/ year. This 175W module is expected to make at least 175kWh/year. (Therefore this one panel will provide enough power to the grid to power our Football, Baseball and Softball scoreboards, and still have a little excess)

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