965 solar panels
224 kW peak capacity
The Ruffner Hall solar array was completed on December 6, 2016. UVA and Dominion Energy announced the commencement of the Ruffner Hall and UVA Bookstore solar projects with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with over 100 attendees. The Dominion Energy Solar Partnership is a pilot program that aims to expand Dominion’s knowledge of rooftop solar projects while encouraging the development of solar across Virginia by stimulating the renewable energy market.
Located across the street from the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science, Ruffner Hall is home to the Curry School of Education. In addition to providing 224 kW of AC, the Ruffner Hall solar array will also be used for student and faculty research and will increase awareness for renewable energy through interpretative signage along the walkway adjacent to Ruffner Hall.
The solar sites at UVA Bookstore and Ruffner Hall are currently disabled for maintenance.
Current solar production
Total solar production since March 8, 2017
Total production: kWh
Average production: kW
After 6 hours at peak capacity, this solar installation is estimated to generate 1,344 kWh and save 1,000 kg of greenhouse gas emissions. This is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from:
On a daily basis, the average US residential utility customer consumes approximately 30 kWh of electricity (emitting approximately 45 kg of greenhouse gas emissions), drives 37 miles, and uses approximately 4.5 gallons of gasoline and 41 lbs of coal.
1 kWh equals
Keeping a fridge-freezer (200-400 watts) on for about 3 hours
metric tons of CO2 avoided
gallons of water saved
barrels of crude oil not used