• Sustainability Initiative

    Renewable Energy

    • Installation of a 454 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on four campus buildings: Bey Hall, Boylan Gymnasium, the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, and the Facilities Management Building.

    • The system was the largest installation at an institution of higher education east of the Mississippi River when it began producing electricity in September of 2005. The system produces approximately 500 megawatt-hours of electricity each year, and is projected to save the University at least $2.7 million over 25 years. In addition, the system’s solar-generated electricity to date has reduced emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 376 tons. This emissions reduction is equivalent to planting nearly 106 acres of trees, or removing 75 cars from the road for a year, or not driving 940,561 miles. The system has also resulted in 1,407 pounds of avoided nitrogen oxides and 2,188 pounds of avoided sulfur oxides in the atmosphere.

    • The project was funded in part by a grant from the Clean Energy Program of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The project earned Monmouth University the 2006 New Jersey Clean Energy School of the Year award.