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First Advisor

David Spanagel

Date

2009

Abstract

Photovoltaic cells capture the sun’s energy and convert is into electricity. Many college campuses, such as Harvard University, Smith College, and the University of Vermont have already installed and implemented this energy saving technology. Based on these precedents, the Sun Riders studied the potential for photovoltaic cells at WPI. The group performed a cost analysis of environmentally friendly photovoltaic cells and calculated the payback period for installing a minimally complicated configuration of this technology on the rooftops of six buildings on the WPI campus. The cost savings would be $1,779,000 over the next 25 years with the initial cost factored in. Without any rebates, the payback period of this project is 19.5 years.

Keywords

Power the World

Language

English

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Course

Great Problems Seminar

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