Solar University Network (SUN) is an initiative of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) with support from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, which seeks to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade.
With nearly $450 billion in foundation investments, US universities represent a large potential source of investment to advance the growing clean energy market nationwide. Investment in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can provide myriad benefits to universities including energy savings, applied learning, research, resiliency, investment diversification, advancement of sustainability goals, and further engagement of alumni and donors.
To help university stakeholders realize these benefits, the MREA is piloting an approach with four Midwest universities that leverages the experience of our national solar technical assistance team. Through professional development events, the facilitation of campus solar development teams, training, and direct technical assistance, the MREA is supporting teams at the University of Minnesota, Illinois State University, and Purdue University to define roadmaps for on and off-campus solar investment.
About the SunShot Initiative
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Through SunShot, the Energy Department supports efforts by private companies, universities, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour. Learn more at energy.gov/sunshot.