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The Next Generation is Committed to Energy Efficiency and Sustainablity
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”
-Robert Kennedy (New York Senator, U.S. Attorney General)
Those words of wisdom describe how new societal developments occur. The fresh ideas, vitality and willingness to take risks invariably falls to the young people who are not satisfied with the status quo. While one person can’t alter the course of history by themselves, they certainly can contribute to the collective effort. Young people are and will continue to take up the mantle of energy efficiency and sustainability, because they understand the environmental and financial consequences of inaction. That’s why it was not surprising to read a smartmeter.com article called “Georgetown University Going Solar”, which leads off with a summary of the student-backed imitative:
“Georgetown University’s SolarCity project is expected to cut the school’s energy bills by tens of thousands of dollars and avoid more than 300 tons of CO2 over its lifetime. The student-spearheaded initiative, Solar Street, has deployed 75 solar panels across rooftops of six university-owned historic townhouses on the campus located in Washington, D.C.
Robin Morey, Georgetown’s vice president for planning and facilities management, says the university is “pleased to be leading the first university solar electricity project of its scale on a historic residential block in Washington, D. C.”
“This project serves as a strong symbol of Georgetown’s commitment to sustainable buildings, and it demonstrates Georgetown’s local leadership as a partner in the Mayor’s College and University Sustainability Pledge by helping to advance the District’s goal to increase solar energy capacity.”SolarCity expects the project on average to offset approximately 40 percent of the power used in each townhouse, and provide up to $43,000 in savings to the student body government over the 20-year life of the power purchase agreement. These savings represent the difference between the cost of the solar power and the higher cost that the University would otherwise pay to their electricity provider for electricity in those residences.”
At Eco-Source Technologies (EST), among our many client services, is a commitment to bringing solar electric technology to residential, public and commercial buildings. The five most important factors in determining a solar system are the panel’s maximum output, weather conditions, time of day, equatorial distance and installed titled angle. In other words, there is no guesswork in making this sound and safe energy investment. Simply put solar energy has been around for a considerable amount of time, and EST is able:
“To predict how effective solar panels will be. All the factors, both fixed and variable, can be calculated based on historical data, and provide an accurate picture of a solar systems’ future energy generation. This is significant in calculating the time to return on investment.”
EST will certainly be reaching out to colleges and universities to ensure they are practicing energy efficiency and sustainability, hopefully with the encouragement of their undergraduate and graduate students.