The solar farm is made up of 9,152 panels, and generates approximately 3.24 million kWh or 20% of our annual electrical usage. It is estimated that the field will save the college $3.2 million over the next 15 years.
The College also installed solar panels on three additional buildings. Pole Building #2's roof-top solar panels operational on February 6, 2014, and are expected to generate 58,150 kWh per year. Pole Building #3's roof-top solar panels became operational on February 25, 2014, and are expected to generate 85,862 kWh per year. Solar panels were later installed on the roof of the Ames Sports Complex in late 2015, and became operational on January 6, 2016. They are expected to generate 367,000 kWh per year, and save the College approximately $352,000 over the course of the 20 year contract.