Asu Solar-panel Structures Provide Shade For Students

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“It’s an elegant design that happens to generate electricity,” said Bob Boscamp, president of Chandler-based Strategic Solar Energy. “It’s almost an afterthought. It is important, but to me the most important thing is the space underneath and what do you do with the space underneath.” Morgan Olsen, executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer at ASU, said that most of the university’s solar installations are public-private partnerships, but for this it invested financially because it views the two Power Parasols as amenities and works of art. John Riley, associate vice president for University Business Services, said ASU spent $5.825 million to construct and take ownership of the structures. Olsen says students can use the space under the structure all year because it is cooler. After grounds work is finished on Gammage Parkway, he expects students to enjoy the shade there, too, with music lessons or a string quartet. Unique to the structure at Memorial Union is that it lights up “with every color of the rainbow” at night with LED-equipped panels built into the columns. “We’ve worked very hard over the last five years to develop the beauty of our campuses,” he said.
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