The University of Texas at Arlington expects to offset about 30 percent of the energy used by the College Park development with help from the sun. The College Park development is in the final stages of construction, but a new website is already tracking energy saved by 1,638 photovoltaic panels on top of UTA's Park North and Park Central parking garages.
"I think people will be surprised at the amount of energy being generated. It's impressive when you add up the numbers," said Nick Schroeder, the UTA facilities engineer who oversaw the solar project.
UTA states in a press release that the College Park District garage is the largest carport installation of photovoltaic panels in Texas. It was paid for with the help of a $1.8 million grant from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
UTA provided $368,000 for the project. The university expects to recover $390,000 through a rebate from Oncor, Schroeder said in a press release.