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Photovoltaic Installations at Williams College Ruth Aronoff

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Photovoltaic Installations at Williams College
Ruth Aronoff
Williams Luce Project
Williams College is at a unique crossroads. The College is undertaking new
building projects and renovations to enhance the facilities available to its students,
faculty, and staff; it has also made a firm commitment to environmental sustainability by
defining greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. These separate endeavors can be
achieved congruently in the form of sustainable buildings, and a very important aspect of
green building is renewable energy.
This report examines the feasibility of photovoltaic arrays on buildings at
Williams College. It provides an overview of photovoltaic technology and its installation
requirements. A history of the College and solar projects is given, along with
recommendations for new photovoltaic sites. Graphs and models provide projections for
financing systems. There is a summary of similar projects undertaken around Berkshire
County and at other schools throughout the country, as well as recommendations for
incorporating this new technology into future projects and current buildings.
Given the College's position as a leader in the campus sustainability movement, it
is imperative that the College considers renewable energy technologies. Solar energy


Source: Aalberts, Daniel P. - Department of Physics, Williams College


Collections: Physics