ReCAP Solar Power
How are we doing?
- ReCAP Solar Production 2012
- ReCAP Solar Production 2011
- ReCAP Solar Production 2010
- ReCAP Solar Production 2009
ReCAP uses solar energy to help power the high-density, environmentally-controlled library storage facility. To meet the technical and protection requirements of preservation, ReCAP must maintain a temperature of 50 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit and 35 percent relative humidity.
ReCAP's high cooling demand, which reaches peak loads on sunny days, made it an ideal candidate for a significant sustainable design feature: solar panels. The installation of five thousand solar panels covering 53,000 square feet of roof, capable of generating 370 kilowatt-hours, was completed in April 2009.
The project was made possible through New Jersey’s Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) program. The investor in the project is Pennsylvania Power & Light, an electricity supplier in New Jersey that funded the installation of the solar panels. Each time a solar electric system generates 1,000 kwh of electricity, an SREC is issued, which Pennsylvania Power & Light can then sell or trade separately from the power itself. The sale price is market driven.
This was the first large solar system installed on a building on Princeton University's campus.
The project team consisted of:
Aegis Property Group - Robert Rittenhouse and Michael McLane
KSS Architects - Scot Murdoch
Clive Samuels - Jeff Thoens
PPL Renewable Energy - John Steckel and Philip Nonemaker
First Solar - John King and Dave Pappicco
Princeton University - David Ikalewicz