The solar array constructed by Occidental College of Los Angeles, California, will be the focus of an address at Hope College on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Dr. Daniel Snowden-Ifft, professor of physics at Occidental, will present “Occidental College’s 1MW Solar Array: The Challenge that Brought Out the Best of a Liberal Arts College.” He will discuss the challenges that Occidental faced in the four-plus year effort to bring the array from conception to “first light.” In particular he will highlight why liberal arts colleges are uniquely positioned to contribute to addressing the challenge of climate change.
Snowden-Ifft proposed the idea for the ground-mounted solar array, which was completed in 2012. It generates approximately 11 percent of Occidental’s annual electrical usage and saves approximately $250,000 per year. Art faculty at the college collaborated with a local design firm to create the array’s design.
The address is sponsored by the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, Sustainable Hope’s Green Team and the General Education program at Hope.
Graves Hall is located at 263 College Ave., between 10th and 12th streets.