The South Carolina Energy Office recently awarded the university a USD$340,000 grant to install 304 photovoltaics (PV) solar panels.
The installation will take place this fall and will be the latest in a number of projects designed to cut energy costs at the university. The new PAC solar panels are expected to demonstrate that solar technology is a viable energy source in both academic settings and commercial real estate, it said.
Furman currently has PV solar panels in use at Cliffs Cottage, home of the Shi Center for Sustainability. The university has already received a USD$2.5 million grant last year from the U.S. Department of Energy for a new environmentally friendly and energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling system for the North Village student housing complex.