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APUS Adding Second Green Building to Charles Town

by Sarah McNair

 

APUS has undertaken many green building projects, such as energy efficiency retrofits and a brand new Academic Center that boasts efficient lighting, HVAC, landscaping, and 99 solar panels.  (The Academic Center is still in the LEED Certification process.)  The newest green building is the university’s Finance Center, which sits just behind the Academic Center in Charles Town, WV.  The Center will be approximately 105,000 square feet and built to LEED Gold standards.  Construction has already begun, transforming the existing abandoned warehouse into a green masterpiece. 

The most impressive aspect of this new building is the amount of solar energy it will utilize.  Over 1,600 solar panels will be installed in the parking lot that will also act as a canopy for parking.  The expected annual output of these panels is a whopping 480,000 kilowatt hours!  Approximately 60 percent of the Center’s energy use will be supplied by the solar panels, offsetting approximately 350 tons of carbon each year.  Based on historic utility rate increases in the area, the solar array is anticipated to save the university some $9,000,000 in energy costs over the course of the system’s lifetime. 

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