Oct 7, 2016

Iron City Ink

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is now home to the largest solar-energy system in the Magic City. The 100-panel array on top of the UAB Campus Recreation Center was installed by Vulcan Solar Power and can be seen from Red Mountain.

“This is our first commercial-scale solar installation,” said Julie Price, UAB sustainability coordinator, in a news release.

Some smaller solar projects have been done on campus in the past but nothing on this scale.

In fact, the sheer size and visibility of the installation may help generate some useful public discussion of environmental issues, according to Price. “It is a great pinnacle project that will open the door for us to engage people about solar energy and other facets of sustainability,” she said.