Jan. 11, 2007
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
Slippery Rock University goes
green with solar, wind energy system
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –Slippery Rock University
will make further progress in the clean energy field Jan. 15 when
it activates a solar and wind turbine system to generate
electricity for its Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable
Systems Education and Research.
The use of these types of energy technologies offers a smart way to
reduce emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases associated
with global warming, Thomas Reynolds, Macoskey Center director,
said. SRU received a $27,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Energy
Department Development Authority for the project.
"By identifying, designing and implementing clean energy policy and
technology solutions, we are delivering important environmental and
economic benefits," he said. "The new system will also provide
additional opportunities for students and the community at large to
observe clean energy technology and study ways to move toward local
The wind turbine will be erected at the top of a ridge about 100
yards south of the Macoskey Center's Harmony House and be visible
from the SRU main campus. Solar panels closer to the building have
been in place but will be activated on Monday.
Wind turbines use spinning blades to power a generator that makes
electricity without emissions. The solar system will use
photovoltaic panels to convert the sun's rays into utility-grade
current. Both systems will record and display real-time energy data
on a Web site being created specifically for the Macoseky Center
systems, Reynolds said.
The system follows research by former graduate student Heath
Gamache, who studied the feasibility of the project by
erecting a 100-foot meteorological tower on the Macoskey property
that measured wind speed and direction for a year.
The 83-acre Macoskey Center was created in 1990 to promote a shift
at SRU and the local community toward sustainability and enacts
this mission with: physical demonstration of sustainable
technologies and systems; education about sustainability through
events, workshops and programs; and support for
sustainability-focused academic initiatives and research.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier
public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides
students with a comprehensive learning experience that
intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced
educational and learning opportunities that make a positive
difference in their lives.