KENT -- Kent State has a lot to be proud of with their baseball team and another source of pride is on campus.
Construction of what is believed to be the largest solar project on any public university campus in Ohio.
On Wednesday, WKYC's Kris Pickel and WKYC Videographer Barry Wolfheaded to Kent Stateto check out how this project will impact the environment.
For a solar project this huge, Kent State doesn't want to take valuable property so they went up.
Installation is well underway. More than 1,700 solar panels areon the roof of thefield house.
Kent State officials say theypreach sustainability. That's trying to leavethe environment better than you found it.
The panels cover nearly an acre of space and will supply one-third ofthe power to both the field house and Dix Stadium next store.
Officials are off-setting709,000 pounds of CO2 a year and that's as muchas 70 automobiles taken off the road.
This is a $1.5 million project but Kent statedoesn't have to pay for the equipment. Instead, they'll buy the energy generated at a reduced cost.
These panels willprovide power year-round,even under a light coating of snow.
Kent State ishoping their solar project proves to be a guiding light for other schools to go green.
Sustainabilityis not going away. Renewable energy is only taking off andgetting better every year, they say.