Building the Solar Panel
Keith Millman, chair of the New Media Department at TC3, has made a time lapse video of the installation of the solar panel on campus.
Tompkins Cortland Community College is taking advantage of the power of the sun. The College installed an array of solar panels that will collect photovoltaic energy to provide the lighting needs for six classrooms. In addition to providing energy for the classrooms, the project will serve as a great learning opportunity for students in the College's electrical technology and engineering science programs. The system was designed in such a way that students in those programs will be able to observe in person things they normally would only be able to access through a book.
The solar array consists of ten collectors, each capable of producing 210 watts of power. The College also received a NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) credit to help offset the cost of constructing the solar array. It cost roughly $19,000 to build the system, but the credit covered $10,500.