by Public Relations
Cedarville University will dedicate its large scale solar power system that will convert sunlight into clean electricity to help meet the campus’ growing power requirements on Friday, April 26, at 1 p.m. The 2,154 kilowatt solar array was built on the southwest edge of the campus by Cincinnati-based Melink Corporation, which was responsible for the development, engineering, construction, and operation of the system.
Since the completion of the installation, power has been flowing directly into the University’s distribution system. This energy is capable of supplying, on average, 10% of Cedarville University’s demand, making it the largest solar system directly connected to a university in Ohio.
“Melink is proud to serve as the developer for this very significant solar array,” said Steve Melink, President of Melink Corporation. “We would like to acknowledge our partners; U.S. Bancorp, Union Bank & Trust Company, DP&L Energy, Yellow Springs Renewable Energy, TMI Electric, and the Village of Cedarville, who provided tremendous support. It is our hope that this success will inspire other schools and universities to consider clean and affordable renewable energy solutions.”
“Congratulations to Cedarville University and Melink Corporation for making this dream a reality,” said Tom Marchael, Vice President of Union Bank & Trust Company. “This is a fine example of a public-private initiative to benefit the University and community.”
Cedarville University has been using solar technology in its academic curriculum for many years. Engineering faculty have incorporated the technology to advance missions-minded projects in Liberia and throughout the world, while the University’s engineering students have won six World Solar Splash boat competitions.
“The completion of the solar array panels is significant for Cedarville University, as well as the Southwest Ohio region,” said John E. Gredy, Ed.D., Provost. “This project reflects the University’s commitment to implementing new initiatives that will strengthen our Christ-centered education. I’m happy to know Cedarville University has taken the initiative to lead in renewable energy among Ohio universities.”
“The wisdom of the University’s leadership to address renewable energy is encouraging,” said Robert Fudge, Mayor of the Village of Cedarville. “This is a great day for our region.”
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit www.cedarville.edu.
Melink Corporation is committed to sustainability and provides energy savings for their customers through HVAC commissioning services, demand ventilation controls for commercial kitchens and solar power projects. The company's headquarters is a LEED Platinum, Net Zero Energy facility designed to demonstrate that sustainability is good business. With full in-house development, design and implementation capabilities, Melink is a leading solar PV integrator of commercial projects. Please visit www.melinkcorp.com.