Duke Energy and Clemson University are partnering to bring more renewable energy to the campus, beginning with the development and installation of a solar panel-covered canopy over a campus parking lot near Memorial Stadium.
Harnessing power from the sun, the solar panels will generate one megawatt of electricity – about the equivalent of 33% of the power used by the stadium, according to Tony Putnam, Clemson utility services director.
Duke Energy Carolinas will lease space in the parking lot for the solar canopy and will install and maintain the solar system, according to a news release.
“Duke Energy is implementing innovative technologies that provide clean energy solutions for our South Carolina customers,” said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy’s South Carolina president, in the release. “Solar is an important part of our state’s clean energy future, and we’re excited to partner with Clemson to meet their sustainability goals.”
The planned solar canopy will cover spaces in the R-3 parking lot southwest of Memorial Stadium between Perimeter Road and Centennial Boulevard. It will provide shade over parked cars and could be designed with gutters between the panels to collect rainwater runoff, the release said. In addition to the electricity generated by the solar panels, the canopy will be equipped with LED lighting for security and electric vehicle charging spaces.
“The project is another step toward Clemson’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030,” said Brett Dalton, Clemson’s executive vice president for finance and operations, in the release. “We look forward to continuing to work with Duke Energy to convert more of Clemson’s power usage to renewable energy sources.”