Solar FAQs

Editor's note:  kWdc = kilowatt; MWdc = megawatt

Last updated May 2019.

ASU's Solarization program and the ASU Solar Team are located in Facilities Development and Management, which is responsible for planning, design, installation and operation of ASU's solar systems.

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日本一本道a不卡免费Total wattage across all four campuses and the ASU Research Park is more than 24.25 MWdc (megawatts dc).

日本一本道a不卡免费As of August 18, 2017, ASU has a total of 88 solar energy installations on all four of its campuses: Downtown Phoenix, Tempe, Polytechnic and West, as well as ASU Research Park.

日本一本道a不卡免费The implementation of solar energy at ASU began in October 2004 with the 34-kWdc installation at the Tyler Street Parking Structure on its Tempe campus. In November 2011, this system was replaced with a new, 477.12-kWdc system.

ASU does NOT track the size of solar installations in square feet. Different types of panels can generate different amounts of energy, so everything is measured using kWdc.

As of June 30, 2016  ASU has the following solar energy installations on its four campuses - Tempe, Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic and West and at the ASU Research Park.

ASU Research Park
Total systems - 2
Shaded Parking Spaces - 217 - 463 kWdc
Rooftops - 536 kWdc
 

Downtown Phoenix campus
Total systems - 2
Shaded Parking - N/A
Rooftops - 77.28 kWdc
Ground (non-parking) - N/A
日本一本道a不卡免费Solar Thermal Rooftops - 7.48 kWdc equivalent

Polytechnic campus
Total systems - 4
Shaded Parking - N/A
Rooftops - N/A
Ground (non-parking) - 2,151 kWdc
Solar Thermal Rooftops - 105 kWdc equivalent

Tempe Campus
Total systems - 77
Shaded Parking Spaces - 4,403 - 9,849 kWdc
Shaded stadium seats - 828 - 251 kWdc 
Rooftops - 3,563 kWdc
Ground (non-parking) - 1,059 kWdc
日本一本道a不卡免费Solar Thermal Rooftops - 1.41 MWdc equivalent

West Campus
Total systems - 3
Shaded Parking Spaces - 1,298 - 2,680 kWdc
Rooftops - /NA
Ground (non-parking) - 1,926 kWdc
Solar Thermal Rooftops - 105 kWdc equivalent

Red Rock (APS Site)

Total systems - 1

Ground (non-parking) - 28,800 kWdc 

 

 

The actual annual kWh generation for solar installations located at ASU and APS's Red Rock solar plant is shown below by fiscal year. 

  • 日本一本道a不卡免费FY 2008 -          22,999 kWh

  • FY 2009 -     1,641,949 kWh

  • 日本一本道a不卡免费FY 2010 -     3,665,115 kWh 

  • 日本一本道a不卡免费FY 2011 -   10,845,707 kWh 

  • 日本一本道a不卡免费FY 2012 -   24,203,965 kWh

  • 日本一本道a不卡免费FY 2013 -   29,530,506 kWh

  • 日本一本道a不卡免费FY 2014 -   36,519,906 kWh 

  • 日本一本道a不卡免费FY 2015 -   40,412,653 kWh

  • 日本一本道a不卡免费FY 2016 -   41,305,722 kWh

  • 日本一本道a不卡免费FY 2017 -   73,562,942 kWh

  • FY 2018 - 104,616,266 kWh

  • 日本一本道a不卡免费FY 2019 - 104,000,519 kWh

Based on EIA's 2017 average residential consumption, 104,000,519 kWh of electricity can power 8,390 Arizona homes for a year.

Approximately 42,642 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent was avoided.based on NERC market-based residual emissions factors for the WECC region. According to the Environmental Protection Agency's passenger vehicle greenhouse gas calculation published in 2018, this is roughly the same as the annual emissions of 9,054 passenger vehicles.

There is a variety of additional benefits that come from the solar installations around the university, including shaded parking, building heat-load reduction, extended life of roofs that have shade, living lab for academics and research and sustainability initiatives.

Within the realm of solar energy, the ASU community benefits from more real-world academic and research opportunities.  Living-learning laboratory experiences are available to ASU's Julie Ann Wrigley School of Sustainability students and to those who take certain engineering classes.  For more information about solar education courses and programs visit the solar education section on this website.