The University of Toledo (UT) is a large public university in northwest Ohio serving 23,000 students on three campuses: Health Science, Scott Park, and Main Campus.
UT has a major engineering and research focus surrounding photovoltaics and desired to show their commitment publicly. Unless applied to rooftops, which is more expensive, a significant area of land is required to generate large amounts of electricity. UT’s main campus is dense with buildings, recreational areas and trees.
Plug Smart developed a solar installation for the Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation, which would allow engineering students to monitor its performance and learn from it for years to come.
Constellation Energy partnered on the deal by financing the project, entering into a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the University, who would purchase their energy from the company at a pre-determined rate.
This was the first PPA by a publicinstitution in the State of Ohio