College students are gluttons for catching rays - now schools are getting in the act, too.
In a bid to shrink its carbon footprint, Johns Hopkins University has put 2,900 photovoltaic panels on the roofs of seven of its buildings, on its Homewood and East Baltimore campuses and on the old Eastern High School building in Waverly that JHU has converted into offices.
The JHU panels are expected to produce 997,400 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, officials say. Though that sounds impressive, it's about the same amount of power as 34 average homes consume in a year.
The complete 818-kilowatt installation will only furnish about 1 percent of the university's entire energy needs, according to Davis Bookhart, JHU's sustainability director. For the seven buildings topped with solar panels, they could get anywhere from 5 to 12 percent of their power from the sun, he said.