The system, comprising 16,500 photovoltaic panels, is located on land adjacent to Princeton’s main campus in West Windsor. The collector field is connected to the Princeton main campus electric power distribution system and is expected to meet about 5.5% of Princeton’s annual electrical needs.
During the first 8 years of the collector’s operation, Princeton will lease the installation from a company that will sell its environmental benefits through New Jersey’s Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) program. When that arrangement ends, Princeton will have the option to stop selling SREC’s and claim the environmental benefits. That could realize up to 6 percent of the carbon emissions reduction goal set by the University’s Sustainability Plan. (That plan calls for the University to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.)