Faculty land energy grant for solar project

For immediate release: Jan. 24, 2012

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University faculty members Nathaniel “Ned” Greene, professor of physics, and Jeff Brunskill, associate professor of Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences, recently received a $39,900 E2 Energy to Educate grant from Constellation Energy to support BU's energy monitoring kiosk. The grant was one of 14 awarded by Constellation Energy.

The kiosk is the second phase of BU’s solar project. In the first phase, a 14-panel, 3.5 kilowatt array was installed on the south-facing slope between Ben Franklin Hall and East Second Street at a cost of $20,000, supported by a Bloomsburg University Foundation Margin of Excellence grant, a Presidential Strategic Planning grant and contributions from BU’s Academic Affairs and Green Campus Initiative.

Generated power is tied to the campus electrical grid and eligible for Pennsylvania solar alternative energy credits.

The second phase of the project, supported by the E2 Energy to Educate grant, is scheduled for 2012-2013. A structure similar to a bus shelter will be constructed to house an interactive digital display, energy meters and a two-axis solar panel that tracks the sun in real time. Faculty-student teams in computer science, instructional technology and electronics engineering technology will develop software for the kiosk.

The Constellation Energy E2 Energy to Educate grants support hands-on demonstration projects that enhance student understanding of the science and technology needed to address energy issues. Funding comes from the Constellation Energy Foundation, which launched the E2 grant program in September 2010.