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Temple to take solar energy on a test drive

A solar array will be attached to the roof of the university's North Philly football practice facility.

City officials want to make it easier to purchase and install solar panels. Photo via econewsnetwork.org. File photo.

Temple University will be the first college in the city to experiment with solar energy.

In a partnership with Wayne, Pa.-based Community Energy Inc. (CEI), the university will attach a roughly 4,500-square-foot solar panel on the roof Temple football's main practice facility, located at 10th and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia.

CEI will build, own and operate the 63-kilowatt photovoltaic solar system on the south-facing roof of Temple’s Edberg-Olson Hall. It is expected to be complete in December.

Per the agreement, Temple will buy the energy from CEI. The one array would only power a portion of the facility.

Sustainable and renewable energies such as solar, wind and bio-fuels tend to be pricey.

James P. Creedon, Temple’s senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations, said each future alternative energy proposal will be evaluated individually from an economic perspective.

"The ability of the company to cover the capital costs for us on this made it a little bit different," he said.

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