Campus leaders in sustainability are looking to capitalize on the long-awaited repair of Fetzer Hall’s roof — in the form of solar technology.
The state released funds for the roof’s repair in 2012 to fix structural damage after years of waiting.
Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee co-chairwoman Jenna Koester said the committee is in the process of developing a plan to add in state-of-the-art solar technology along with the state’s repairs, similar to the technology on the roof of Morrison Residence Hall.
Solar projects are most cost effective when installed during a new build or large scale roof repair, Koester said.
Members of the committee, which is made up of students and administrators, allocated $37,750 on Feb. 12 for a structural design and technology design from the solar company Cogenra.
The committee’s leaders stressed that although they have funded the design, they have not formally decided to approve funds for the project yet.
“We are not just making decisions before getting an idea of what actual benefits will be,” Koester said.
“We want the project’s payback to be while the students who paid for it are still here. We want to make sure to benefit students directly through essentially lowering the energy bill of the University.”
If members deem the designs feasible and beneficial, the committee will most likely fund the project out of the annual $4 student “green” fee that was renewed by student body referendum Tuesday.