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Solar power more affordable for some Utah students

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Matthew Kunes – USA Today College

From working in a mechanical room to auditing dumpsters and giving lectures in the classroom, every day is different for Weber State University Sustainability Coordinator Jennifer Bodine, who is helping to spearhead the school’s sustainability initiative.

“Sometimes I have to bring a change of clothes,” said Bodine, who works in Weber State’s Energy and Sustainability Office. “We’re in the weeds physically doing the work, and we’re also in the classroom.”

The university, an hour north of Salt Lake City, is one of many state universities tackling sustainable solutions to reduce the campus’s carbon footprint, which includes carbon neutrality, clean energy and energy efficiency. This year, its Sustainability Practices and Research Center will launch a new solar program that allows students, faculty and community members affordable access to solar energy for their homes. A typical five-panel set up, for example, might cost $2000, half of the normal expense.

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