In 2006, the Mercyhurst Green Team received a $15,000 grant through the Solar Scholars program to install a 3-kilowatt solar panel system on campus. The funding was provided by the Sustainable Energy Fund of Central Eastern Pennsylvania. During the summer of 2006, Dr. Ron Brown, associate professor of chemistry, along with two of his students, traveled to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., to receive training on the installation and monitoring of the panels. With assistance from the physical plant staff of Mercyhurst University and North Coast Energy Systems (a local company with expertise in alternative energy installations), the panels were installed in November 2007. From the time of their installation through July 2008 the panels produced over 2,400 kWh of energy for the university and have reduced Mercyhurst University carbon dioxide emissions by over 5,000 pounds. The solar panels also save the university about $1,200 annually in electricity costs and are used for special projects in classes and student research.
As of the summer 2011, this solar panel system has been moved out to the Mercyhurst Farm, located in Girard, PA due to the construction of the CAE building at the front of campus.
"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait 'til oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
- Thomas Edison