UT Southwestern

6222 Forest Park Rd
Dallas, TX 75235

Tour Hours: 10am - 1pm

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In the last 10 years, UT Southwestern has reduced its energy usage per square foot by nearly 38 percent. We plan a further 30-percent reduction by 2021.

A solar parking structure covers 116 parking spaces in the staff parking lot for the Paul M. Bass Administrative and Clinical Center, producing an estimated 406,000 kWh of electricity annually, while providing vehicle coverage from sun and rain.

 

Renewable energy features

Solar PV

kW: 230.6 kW (AC), 300 kW (DC)
Installation Date: Commissioned July 2011
Installer: Sundurance Energy

Equipment

1248 panels in 96 strings, 13 panels per string. Each panel is a Kyocera KD240GX-LPB, 240 watts nominal.
8 combiners (parallels the series strings):  all Bentek Model # BTK6-1615-0200-CS.
One Central Inverter: Manufacturer: ADVANCED ENERGY/ PVPOWERED Model PVP260 (480 VAC 3Ph Output).

Retail Electric Provider

Cavallo Energy  Texas

Energy Monitoring

Installation Date: Commissioned July 2011
Installer:  Sundurance Energy
Equipment:  Locus Energy LGate 350 Datalogger and UTSW Wonderware Electrical SCADA System.

 

Green features

  • CFL & LED lighting

 

Host Comments

In the last 10 years, UT Southwestern has reduced its energy usage per square foot by nearly 38 percent. We plan a further 30-percent reduction by 2021.
UT Southwestern has implemented several programs to protect natural resources and harness renewable energy.

  • Our carpool program helps employees lower gasoline usage and reduce automotive pollution.
  • Plans are underway to convert four gasoline-powered shuttle buses to use compressed natural gas. Eventually, all new UT Southwestern vehicles will run on 100 percent alternative fuels.
  • UT Southwestern received a federal grant to place solar panels in the open parking lot at the Paul M. Bass Administrative and Clinical Center, which will save an estimated 406,281 kilowatt-hours – the equivalent of taking the carbon output of 56 passenger vehicles off the road.  The solar parking structure covers 116 parking spaces, producing clean electricity while providing vehicle coverage from sun and rain.