Construction has begun on the on-site solar array at Lehigh University.
Lehigh has partnered with EDF Renewables, a market leading independent renewable power producer and service provider, to develop and install a solar array on a portion of the Murray H. Goodman Campus.
Goodman Campus includes the majority of the university’s athletic and event facilities and is used by students, staff, faculty and the community.
The site for the solar array, just south of Legacy Park and opposite the Lewis Indoor Tennis Center, was strategically chosen relative to existing power infrastructure. In the surrounding area, between the field and the nearest residential community, there will be new landscaping created with a variety of plant species to establish a rich backdrop to the existing yards.
Lehigh’s Climate Action Strategy identifies a “Pathway to Zero” emissions for the university to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2040. The on-campus solar array, one of the plan’s key elements, will enable the university to save money, reduce emissions and be more energy efficient.
The project will supply 100% of the electrical power needs of the Goodman Campus and offset 8% of Lehigh’s grid electricity consumption. The array also provides critical research and hands-on learning opportunities for students—preparing them to join the long tradition of Lehigh innovators as today’s sustainability leaders.
With the addition of this project, Lehigh will address 100% of its electricity consumption with Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) derived from a combination of off-site and on-site renewable energy projects.
"By investing in clean energy and working to mitigate climate change, Lehigh is making a difference on campus, in the local community, and the world," says Audrey McSain, Sustainability Director.
The solar array project, which first began construction in December 2022, is currently underway and is aiming for a fall finish.