Solar Panels Use Solstice Rays to Generate Power at Madonna University
June 22, 2017
LIVONIA, Mich. – On June 21, the summer solstice and the day when the Northern Hemisphere tallies the most hours of daylight for the year, Madonna University generated enough power via its solar panel system to run a coffee pot for an hour per day for a year, or to power six laptops for eight hours per day for a year.*
A bright, sunny day resulted in more than 430 kilowatt hours being generated from sunrise to sunset. This was the highest energy-producing day since June 12, when more than 450 kilowatt hours were produced during sunlight hours.
Since the panels’ installation late last year, nearly 73,000 kilowatt hours have been generated, enough to charge more than 3,000 electric cars or 13.5 million smartphones, and to avoid 44 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and offset 65,000 gallons of gasoline.
The 432 solar panels on the roof of Madonna University’s Franciscan Center are part of the Felician Sisters of North America’s solar project. The effort involved the installation of 1,032 solar panels at two Felician Ministries in Livonia, which included a 600-panel ground array on Newburgh Road that helps power the Montessori Center of Our Lady. A total of six Felician Sister sites across the country had solar panels installed as part of the Felician Sisters’ nationwide project.
The University’s solar panels directly supply a portion of the campus’s total electric power. Madonna University plans to incorporate the solar array into the University's larger sustainability program, offering students first-hand insight into the practical application of sustainable solutions.
Care for the earth is a cornerstone of the Felician Sisters’ core values and central to the centuries-old Felician Franciscan tradition. “This solar power project represents the next chapter in our ongoing efforts to care for and repair the earth,” said Sister Mary Jean Sliwinski, Felician Provincial Sustainability Coordinator. “It is also a wonderful opportunity to educate the larger community about renewable energy.”
*Source: Department of Energy