Solar Array and Battery Construction Schedule

Tuesday, May 2, 2023, 1:00pm

TO:  Campus Community
FR:  J. Dana Twedell, Associate Vice President, Facilities Management

The construction for the university's solar and battery project will begin May 22 and continue through November 6. This project will benefit our campus with 4.5 megawatts of renewable solar energy, as well as 1.5 megawatts of battery energy storage capacity. It is estimated that the university will save $6 million in utility costs over the next 30 years.

There will be a groundbreaking ceremony on May 10 at 9 a.m. at Parking Lot J. The campus community is invited to attend.

Construction will be in phases, beginning with parking lots E and F, followed by Lot J, then Lot R6, and finally with Lot R7. The map below shows the locations of the solar panels in each of the parking lots.

Construction Schedule

Parking Lot E & F
May 22 - August 4

Parking Lot J
August 7 - September 15

Parking Lot R6
September 18 - October 27

Parking Lot R7
September 25 - November 6

During each phase of construction, the parking lot will be fenced off and restricted from access. Sufficient parking will be available in the adjacent parking lots during each construction phase.

We are excited to begin the construction of this renewable and sustainable solar energy project. We understand this will impact the campus, specifically available parking. Thank you in advance for your support and patience as we create a more sustainable SSU.

If you have any questions, please contact Dana Twedell at