M2SEC Solar Panels
The 10-kilowatt solar array on the roof of the Measurement Materials and Sustainable Environment Center (M2SEC) was provided by a $48,473 grant from Westar Energy. The project at KU was one of 15 around the state that won funding as part of Westar Energy’s Solar Photovoltaic Project.
Cromwell Solar of Lawrence installed solar panels on the roof in July of 2015. The arrangement of the panels also serves as a greeting of sorts to campus. They form the letters K and U.
The solar panels in the M2SEC building will be available for faculty and student research subject to coordination with KU’s Office of Design & Construction Management. The agreement with Westar requires KU to operate and maintain the solar panels for 25 years.