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Solar Power

Charging phones, plugging in computers and the simple action of turning on a light is a large cause of global climate change today. However, that does not play true within two of UIC's academic buildings. Lincoln and Douglass Halls use electricity responsibly by reducing the campus's carbon footprint. The photovoltaic (PV) solar panel grids installed on these two buildings' roofs generate electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current (DC) electricity.

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You might not be aware of the network, but even on a partially cloudy day, the 245 panels on Douglass Hall and the 224 panels on Lincoln Hall provide enough energy to charge a cell phone for about 18 years.

With the photovoltaics system (solar panels), there is no need to burn coal, oil, or natural gas elsewhere to produce electricity. It uses a free, clean, and sustainable power source, sunlight, to eliminate all direct greenhouse gas emissions related to the traditional generation of electricity.

Heat-trapping pollution and the excessive production of carbon dioxide every year is real. The UIC community knows that preserving the environment is not only a shared responsibility but also a personal obligation. You can make conserving energy a part of your daily routine and your decisions as a consumer and global citizen.


Real-time energy data by the solar panels on Lincoln and Douglass Halls. Heading link

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Time-lapse recording of 224 photovoltaic (51.52 kW) solar panel array being installed on Lincoln Hall.