Sue Lister | July 19, 2017
In 2015, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by more than half by 2030. A new 144.72 kilowatt ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system, located at its Kenmore Warehouse on North Kenmore Street in South Bend, is the latest addition to Notre Dame’s sustainability efforts to meet its goals.
With 432 solar modules installed on a ground-based rack, the system is a first of this size for Notre Dame. Smaller solar installations exist on campus on the roofs of Stinson-Remick Hall and Fitzpatrick Hall.
The Kenmore Warehouse solar array is connected to the main electric power feed for the building, which is used primarily for University storage. The solar array is expected to offset a portion of the purchased electric power consumption of the warehouse by generating approximately 194,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, representing nearly one third of the total electricity used by the 5.77-acre facility. In a net-metering agreement with Indiana Michigan Power, any power generated in excess of the building’s immediate demand will be fed into the local electric grid for use by the power company.