Learn more about the new solar panel system at our Pleasant Grove branch.
If you’ve recently driven northbound on state street through the Lindon/Pleasant Grove area, you may have noticed the new solar panels on the roof of our Pleasant Grove branch. The use of solar panels has increased in popularity in recent years. Last year, the US solar energy industry installed nearly 14.5 gigawatts of solar power, a 94% increase over the then-record 7.5 gigawatts in 2015.
As we’ve had this system installed over the last few weeks, we’ve had some customer inquiries as to what they are, what they do and why they are there. I spoke with someone who helped with the installation process to gain a better understanding of this solar project and its benefits to the community and the environment.
The Pleasant Grove branch now features a 24.75-kilowatt Mitsubishi Electric photovoltaic (PV) system. A kilowatt is 1,000 watts, and a watt is a measure of power.
How will this system help meet the branch’s electricity and power needs?
The 90 solar panel system has the potential to offset 80% of the building’s electricity needs and produce 31,000-kilowatt hours of power within the next year. This helps reduce our carbon footprint, which provides benefits to both the community and environment.