A 2.27-megawatt solar array created by Oberlin College and the City of Oberlin's electrical utility is being hailed as the beginning of a move away from a reliance on central power toward local distributive generation, Midwest Energy News reports. The collaboration was born out of necessity when the college determined it needed the city's transmission lines. After recently completing its first full year of operation, the array is reported to have "met about 12 percent of the college's electricity needs; produced about 50 percent more power than projected during hours of peak demand; saved the utility nearly $100,000 in generation and distribution costs, translating into a slightly lower cost of power for customers; and nudged up, by nearly three percentage points, the proportion of the city's energy that is derived from renewable sources." Because the college opted to "pay a premium for panels with a tracking feature that allows them to follow the sun across the sky," the array has generated more peak-time energy than anticipated. For more, read the full story.
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