The iconic Broyhill Wind turbine, installed on campus in 2009, is 153 feet tall and generates enough electricity to meet the demands of 11 typical American households.
The iconic Broyhill Wind turbine, installed on campus in 2009, is 153 feet tall and generates enough electricity to meet the demands of 11 typical American households.

PV

Currently about 7% of the renewable energy generated at ASU comes from photovoltaic systems but, with eight systems across campus, it is hard not to notice one of these important pieces of our RE portfolio. These systems are demonstrating the viability of PV as a renewable energy source and are providing research and analysis opportunities that will help define our energy future.  Aside from generating clean, carbon-free electricity, education is a key element in the value of these systems. Appalachian places a high priority on producing students versed in the knowledge of what a sustainable energy future looks like.

Appalachian State currently has eight Photovoltaic systems producing electricity for campus

Name: Raley Parking Lot System

Location: 416 Howard Street, in front of Raley Hall, adjacent to the Appalcart stop.

Installation: July 2008

Average Yearly Production: 4848 kWh

Funding Source: student REI

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The Story: The solar array at the Raley Parking Lot a wonderful example of the aesthetic versatility of photovoltaics. By adding beauty into the functional design of this working system, the mountain-scape array welcomes all who see it to our community with statement of optimism, commitment and style.


Name: E3 House System

Location: River Street Boone NC, between the JET administration building and Katherine Harper Hall

Installation: 2010

Average Yearly Production: 3700 kWh (anticipated)

Funding Source: REI

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The Story: The ASU E3 House is a prototypical dwelling designed and constructed for use in remote or disaster relief situations where electricity and access to public sanitation are unavailable. Originally built by students in the Building Science and Appropriate Technology programs as a response to the common FEMA trailers used for relief after Hurricane Katrina this mobile unit is designed to be self-sufficient and adaptable to a variety of environmental and cultural situations. The E3 house gets its name from considering its design's effect on environment, economy and ecology. 


Name: Biofuels Facility PV System

Location: 161 Ayers Lane Boone NC. On the grounds of ASU Physical Plant complex

Installation: 2007

Average Yearly Production: 2200 kWh

Funding Source: REI/EPA grant

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The Story: The Collaborative Biodiesel Project is a student-led initiative at Appalachian State University and was funded by the EPA P3 Award: "Student Design Competition for Sustainability" and the ASU Renewable Energy Initiative (ASUREI). This facility researches ways to close the loop in biodiesel manufacturing. Students and staff at Appalachian State's Technology Department installed this grid-tied system in 2007 which is designed to supply electricity to offset energy needed for the production of biodiesel fuel. This array is the first grid-tied system for both the University and the local utility, New River Light and Power.


Name: Blackburn Vannoy Farm Pole Mount PV System

Location: 608 Water Tank Road, Fleetwood NC. The system is located 15 feet east of the barn.

Installation: 2012

Average Yearly Production: 2000 kWh (anticipated)

Funding Source: REI

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The Story: The Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm is a student and faculty-powered operation that offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves into a living lab. The goal of the SD Farm is to become a multi-purpose, integrated farming system that produces healthy food, fiber, and other raw materials that can be cultivated successfully on a small scale. The pole mounted PV system at the Farm is located just east of the barn and produces energy that goes directly to the grid. This system was installed by graduate students at Appalachian State University in the spring of 2012.


Name: Blackburn Vonnoy Farm House PV System

Location: 608 Water Tank Road, Fleetwood NC. The system is located on the garage adjacent to the house.

Installation: 2012

Average Yearly Production: 6,600 kWh (anticipated)

Funding Source: REI

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The Story: The Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm is a student and faculty-powered operation that offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves into a living lab. The goal of the SD Farm is to become a multi-purpose, integrated farming system that produces healthy food, fiber, and other raw materials that can be cultivated successfully on a small scale. The PV system at the Farm produces energy for the farm house where faculty and students live and work. This system was installed by graduate students at Appalachian State University in the spring of 2012.


Name: Kerr Scott Hall System

Location: 397 Rivers Street Boone NC, on the roof of Katherine Harper/Kerr Scott Hall

Installation: 2007

Average Yearly Production: 2,000 kWh (anticipated)

Funding Source: 58% Appropriate Technology Department/42% REI

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The Story: Two graduate students in Appalachian State’s Technology program installed this grid-tie system in 2007. Along with the building’s vegetative roof, the photovoltaic array provides students with research and coursework opportunities.


Name: State Farm Solar Research Facility System

Location: 361 Dale Street, Boone NC. Below the Physical Plant, adjacent to the State Farm Parking Lot.

Installation: 2011

Average Yearly Production:  N/A

Funding Source: 75% REI/25% Appropriate Technology Department

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The Story: This research facility offers multiple opportunities to students and staff at Appalachian state to conduct research in photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies. There are a number of photovoltaic and solar thermal systems located here for the sake of research.


Name: Library Traffic Circle Photovoltaic Array

Location: ASU Library Traffic Circle, intersection of Howard and College Streets, Boone NC

Installation: 2012

Average Yearly Production: 11,000 kWh (anticipated)

Funding Source: REI

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The Story: This PV array uses 27 solar panels to produce more than enough electricity to power an average United States household