University Place Town Center
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The City of University Place, Washington completed their 4.8-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) project as a functional and educational public example of renewable energy. The Civic Building features other improvements located in the center of University Place, such as electric vehicle charging stations, bicycle lockers and recycling receptacles, as well as the PV system. The building serves as a visible example of the City’s commitment to sustainable practices.
Energy monitoring services provided to the City connected the live performance data from their existing PV system to the Energy Exploration Center at Solar4RSchools.org. Students and educators nationwide can chart, graph and analyze the system's performance data for educational purposes. A touchscreen kiosk placed within the Civic Building allows employees and visitors to interact with the system's live performance data while learning about the science and benefits of renewable energy.