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New Solar Installation Powers U Colorado Sports Facility

A new solar installation is powering an 11,064-seat multi-purpose arena at the University of Colorado Boulder. The facility is home to the Colorado Buffaloes basketball teams as well as the volleyball team.

The 290.44-kilowatt array was installed by Panasonic Eco Solutions North America and alternative energy firm Coronal Management. The university's short-term goal was to lower energy costs and reduce demand for grid electricity, while also working toward its long-term goal for a carbon-neutral campus, outlined in the pledge made by CU-Boulder to the American College and University President Climate Commitment.

The university selected Panasonic for the installation based on the success of an earlier, smaller scale renewable energy project on campus, according to Moe Tabrizi, director of engineering and sustainability at CU-Boulder. "Again, it was a well-organized implementation with progressive results."

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