Solar Water Heaters on Campus
In 2003, Facilities Services installed a solar water heater on the roof of the Gerlinger Annex. Before the solar water heater was implemented, steam had to be pumped across campus to heat water throughout the building. In the summer, this process would actually heat the building, requiring Facilities Services to artificially cool the building as a countermeasure. Thus the solar water heater not only saves money and energy by eliminating the costly steam pumping process, but also keeps the building cooler during the summer months. The Living Learning Center, which opened in 2006 and is the first new residence hall construction on campus since 1963, also features a solar hot water heating system. A solar water heater has been installed at the Knight Library, but, due to budget constraints, it has not been piped in yet. The project is expected to be completed by the end of May 2010.