Solar Panels at Stone Lab

Stone Lab, The Ohio State University’s freshwater biological research station on Lake Erie’s Gibraltar Island, expanded its teaching to include energy efficiency and sustainability.  In two phases over two years, Stone Lab installed 94 total solar panels—44 panels to create a solar pavilion and 40 panels on the roof of Stone Lab Classroom Building.

The solar panels supply the hot water needs in Stone Lab Dining Hall throughout the summer and provide about 25 percent of facilities power needs on Gibraltar Island.  Students, researchers, and the public can view the solar energy output from Stone Lab on the Stone Lab website.

This project serves as an educational opportunity for students and visitors, while also reducing operational costs for Stone Lab, according to Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab Director Jeff Reutter.  It also furthers Ohio State’s energy management and conservation goals that promote renewable energy technologies.  Find the full story here.

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Ohio State increased its waste diversion rate from 16% to 34% from 2004 - 2014.