TCC looks to future with solar commitment

December 12, 2017

solar panel being installed by City of TallahasseeTallahassee, Fla. (December 12, 2017)—Tallahassee Community College has signed on to be one of the first customers for the electricity that will be generated by the City of Tallahassee’s new solar farm.

The College has agreed to purchase 83,333 kilowatt hours of solar energy each month. According to Don Herr, TCC’s director of facilities, that represents about 10.6 percent of TCC’s total energy consumption.

“Buying electricity generated at the new solar farm will allow us to reduce our carbon footprint, reduce air and water pollution, and decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. This is an environmentally sound decision—and a chance to lock in energy prices and hopefully benefit our bottom line.”

Jim Murdaugh, TCC president, said the decision to participate in the solar initiative is consistent with TCC’s mission.

“From our net zero building at the Wakulla Environmental Institute to our academic programming that prepares students for green jobs, we are committed to playing a leading role as an institution in environmental stewardship. This partnership will help our college, our students and our community.

The City broke ground on the solar farm in May 2017, and it is expected to begin generating power in January 2018. It will be one of the largest solar farms in Florida, capable of producing enough solar energy to power 3,400 homes and businesses. The 20-megawatt solar farm is being constructed on the property of the Tallahassee International Airport and will take up 120 acres.

For information, contact Don Herr at herrd@tcc.fl.edu or (850) 201-6168.

For information about Tallahassee Solar, visit Talgov.com/solar.