The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the solar park and the annex to the Delta Housing Complex. The event will be held Wednesday, October 4 at 9:30 a.m. The free, public event will take place in front of the Delta Housing Complex located 1701 L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive on UAPB’s campus.
The solar park is the culmination of a $19.3 million energy performance contract through the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC) Program. The keystone of the project is a 321 KwH photovoltaic solar array that ranks as the largest public solar installation in Arkansas. The energy performance contract is also the largest of its kind completed under the AEPC Program.
The use of the solar panels in the array will power the Johnny B. Johnson Housing complex, one of the largest dormitories on campus.
The panels will also decrease UAPB’s energy consumption by a sizeable 32%, making UAPB the first state university to meet the 30% energy reduction mandate signed into law by Act 1494 of 2009. Energy savings from these improvements are guaranteed by Performance Services to cover the costs of installation on an annual basis over 19 years.
Originally built in 2003, the Delta Housing Complex is a three-story residence hall, providing suite-style living for 384 female students. The annex of the Delta is a four-story structure that adds 144 units to the complex and creates a courtyard between the two buildings. The 41,835 square-foot addition to the comnplex will also house the residential life office and a police substation. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, an open house will be held that will feature a tour of the facility.
For more information, please call (870) 575-8970.