Radio station KRCC, an NPR-member station and home of Radio Colorado College, has installed a rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar power system, making it the first solar installation on a radio station in the Colorado Springs. It is the third solar-panel installation on a Colorado College building.
The 1.72kW photovoltaic system is estimated to yield 3,191 kilowatt hours annually and is projected to produce 10 percent of the building’s electricity usage.
“KRCC is very excited to enter a new era with the installation of solar panels on our building,” said Delaney Utterback, KRCC station manager. “KRCC’s efforts mirror those of our parent organization, Colorado College. We, too, are striving to reduce our carbon footprint. Having less impact on natural resources is a value our listeners support and our solar panels are a crucial first step in KRCC's strategic goal for all around sustainability.”
KRCC partnered with PPCSolar of Taos, N.M., on the project. Colorado College also features a 25-kilowatt solar array on the Edith Gaylord Apartments, a student-initiated project, and 144 solar panels producing 35kilowatts on the Worner Campus Center roof, which help offset the electrical usage in the building. KRCC will be on the 2012 Pikes Peak Sustainability Tour in late October.