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The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is a group of educational institutions that have made efforts to reduce GHG emissions from their campuses, and supported higher education level researches related to climate change. As a participating institution Chatham University is required to submit reports and create programs to advance the sustainability on campus. Chatham as a member and by signing the ACUPCC they commit to eliminate operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emission, to provide the education, research, and community engagement to enable the rest of society to do the same to publicly report progress on an annual basis. Signed in 2007, this propelled the need to be carbon net zero.
To effectively understand the entire process, one must grasp the concept of how a solar panel actually works. Paul Kruger, Author of Alternative Energy Resources “The Quest for sustainable energy”, and Dan Chiras, author of The Homeowner’s guide to renewable energy, illustrates how it work. Sunlight and Solar radiation hits the solar panel and the Adjacent layers. He describes them as N type semiconductors and P type Semiconductors. Each layer has different charges (Positive and negative) and sandwiched by Silicon layers. The light rays activate the process which adds the electric field by forcing electrons around causing excess electrons to be available. From this, components take the elections and convert the energy/flow into electric power and the metal conductive plates collect the power and transmit them to a readable meter.
The panels existing at the Eden Hall that are online, are spread across 3 locations. 24 on the old dairy barn (Café’), 144 units on the Field Lab and 240 units on the PV canopy. Data on these panels are found in the manuals associated with the build (SOTA 2014). With the PV potential of the Allegheny…...

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