Solar farm to power Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, Snyder County (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The power of education is having a whole new meaning. 

Susquehanna University will be saving nearly a third of its energy bill. Even on a cloudy day the sun's energy is vibrant on, soon to be, 12,000 solar panles. It's power will be transferred to building on Susquehanna University's campus. 

"Impressive field and so I think students will be excited to come out and check the electricity that is being produced right here on campus," said Environmental Science Professor, Derek Straub. 

Thursday contractors provided a tour to students and staff. They got to see how the construction is coming along on the nearly 15 acre parcel. Their project is doubling as a real lif educational lesson. 

"We're doing a project basically connecting a solar analysis on renewable energy and connecting it to the project here," said John Vitti, senior at the University. 

According to the college the multi-million dollar project is the largest university-sponsored solar farm in the Commonwealth. Once completed the electricity will cut the school's electric bill by 30-percent. 

"Before we even start construction we have a pretty good idea of what the system is going to produce over the course of the year. Taking into account good days, bad, sunshine, and rain," said Brad Smith, Project Manager of WDL Energy. 

That's how it will power the future generation of students and give them a platform to have hands-on learning experience. 

"At first I really did not think much of it until we actually came to the site. I did not realize how large scale it was and it was actually incredible," said Vitti. 

Susquehanna University started to work with contractors two and half years ago. Construction is expected to be completed in May. 

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