15 buildings receive new solar panel installations

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

As an extension of the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) program, 15 Stanford buildings have added new solar photovoltaic panels over the past year.  These new installations include Bing Concert Hall, Maples Pavilion and Hansen Experimental Physics Lab, and will provide another 4.5 megawatts of power to Stanford’s supply (enough to meet about 3% of total campus demand). Stanford began its photovoltaic initiative in 2002, with the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building (Y2E2) became the first building on Stanford’s main campus to receive photovoltaic panels in 2008. Approximately 70 buildings were initially surveyed as potential candidates for new solar panels, based on a variety of factors, including aesthetic concerns, orientation, roof size and slope, and construction issues. The most recent installations make up a total of 32 campus structures with solar photovoltaic panels on their rooftops.