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My College Decided to Add On-site Solar,
What Does That Mean for Facilities?

Benefits of adding on-site solar

  • Why would we want to do it? (e.g. Reduce electricity costs; decrease transmission and delivery charges;
  • models the behavior we want our students to take, and so forth.

Site selection

  • Where is the best place to install solar equipment?
  • What are the structural requirements?


  • What kinds of panels are best?
  • Who makes the best panels?
  • Who offers the best value?
  • What is the approximate cost?
  • What resources are available to help us research this? Etc.

Designing the System

  • Who performs the design work?
  • Does the State of Texas have a contract with a solar designer?


  • What do we need to know about installation?


  • How much required?
  • Who performs the maintenance?
  • What kind of maintenance is commonly required?
  • What new skills will my employees need?

Future of on-site solar?

About the Speaker: Dan Lepinski

Dan Lepinski

Lepinski is a licensed Professional Engineer with extensive and diverse knowledge in solar energy, and the ability to convey any aspect of solar energy in plain English. Experienced in electrical power; grid-tied and stand-alone systems; advanced photovoltaics (residential to multi-megawatt utility scale); battery systems; data acquisition; embedded software; and energy efficiency. Very well versed in the National Electric Code, UL Standards, and many others. Dan says, “If it has “renewable” or "energy" associated with it, I likely have it in my background.”