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By Janet Smith

Solar power is an increasingly important part of the energy mix of the future and, like AEP, Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) has made a long-term commitment to cleaner and more efficient energy sources. Solar power is 100 percent renewable, clean and can be shared statewide.

Recently, PSO teamed up with the University of Tulsa (TU) to install solar panels to provide power to the university’s Michael D. Case Tennis Center. The project is one of the largest, if not the largest, rooftop solar installations in Oklahoma. Projects like the one at TU are a great example of how we are partnering with customers to help meet their renewable energy goals.

PSO owns and maintains the nearly 1,000 solar panels on the roof of the facility. TU is leasing the panels from PSO and uses the electricity generated to supply power to the tennis center. The solar panels produce 300 kilowatt-hours of energy a year and it would take the equivalent of 70 typical residential rooftop solar installations to produce that much energy. To maximize energy production throughout the day, approximately half of the panels face east and half of the solar panels face west.

The Princeton Review recently named TU as one of the greenest universities in the state and to continue that momentum, the university has been seeking ways to lessen its carbon footprint and increase the sustainability of the campus.

This partnership is one way PSO is using solar energy. By the year 2024, PSO plans to add 200 megawatts of solar energy to the energy mix.

Check out PSO’s video of the completed solar project and read more coverage from The Oklahoman.

How can AEP and our operating companies partner with you to meet your renewable energy goals? Reach out to your local contact today.

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