Solar-Powered “Block O"

Over the summer, AEP Energy completed the installation of an approximately 10,000-square-foot array of solar panels on the roof of The Ohio State University’s Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC).  The project consists of 367 solar panels that are arranged in the shape of a “Block O.” 

In the agreement with AEP Energy, the solar array will provide electricity to Ohio State at a rate of $.04 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for the next eight years.  It is valued at approximately $400,000 and will supply about 116,000 kWh of electricity annually.

Ohio State’s partnership with AEP Energy furthers the university’s energy management and conservation goals that promote the use of innovative renewable energy technologies.  This is the same partnership that supported the university’s wind energy purchase in 2012.  Ohio State continues to develop and implement plans to achieve its sustainability goals, including the creation of a campus culture that embraces sustainability.  Read more information here.

Welcome to Ohio State's Buckeye Footprint. Explore the sustainability impact of The Ohio State University that includes its students, faculty, and staff. See real-time electricity, heating, and cooling information (Energy Dashboard), as well as recent recycling and waste minimization information. This is the hub for your Buckeye Footprint.  

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Recycling at The Ohio State University.

The Ohio State University is working hard to have the country's largest Zero Waste stadium.

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Over 50,000 pounds of excess food is picked up and delivered from Ohio State to food banks and soup kitchens, positively impacting community health and reducing our waste stream.