Solar Energy at Houghton

Completed in 2015, Houghton College’s solar system was the largest to date of any college in New York State.  At 3.1 million kilowatt hours, the system creates enough power annually for nearly 300 homes.  The system was built without any capital costs to Houghton College.  Instead, the college agrees to purchase 100% of the energy generated from the system owners (Terraform Energy).  Because solar energy is cheaper than the grid, the college also saves a lot of money.

The solar array enables Houghton College to put faith into action by practicing responsible stewardship of God’s creation.  Not only does the array provide clean energy, but it also saves money as well.  Transitioning to renewable energy is important for addressing the sustainability challenges of the 21st century.  The array also helps us make significant progress toward our long-term goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

Solar System Details

  • Total capacity: 2.6 megawatts DC
  • Annual production: ~ 3.1 million kilowatt hours (kWh)
  • Size of installation: 11.4 acres
  • Number of panels: 8,569
  • Average annual savings: $72,000
  • Total savings to date (June 2019): $287,314
  • Percent of electricity usage from solar: 42%

Green Energy Leadership

Thanks to our solar array, Houghton College has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as one of 1,600 partners providing national leadership in promoting clean, renewable energy. For more information on the Green Power Partnership visit the EPA Website.