America: American Public University System (APUS), an online
higher-education provider, in association with SolarWorld, has set up a
407-kilowatt solar array in West Virginia.
The system is comprised of 1,671 high-performance solar
panels. The installation is mounted on a carport structure at APUS’
headquarters in Charles Town, W.V., deep in West Virginia’s panhandle.
The project will supply about half of the energy requirements
for APUS’ 100,000-square-foot Financial Center and power 15 charging stations
for electrical and hybrid vehicles.
“Through this project, APUS sets a powerful example of
institutional sustainability for its more than 100,000 students and for the
community here in West Virginia,” said Mike McKechnie, president of
Between 2010 and 2011, MTVSolar installed SolarWorld solar
panels at the Morgan County Courthouse in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia’s
first municipal solar project; at Berkeley Springs High School, the state’s
first solar-equipped school; and at the wastewater treatment plant in
Hurricane, the state’s largest solar-powered infrastructure project.
MTVSolar also associated with Appalachian nonprofit The Jobs
Project to install SolarWorld solar panels atop a downtown building while
offering installation training in Williamson.
“With a network of skilled, experienced authorized
installers like MTVSolar on the ground in communities across the country,
SolarWorld can ensure that our technology is deployed according to industry
best practices in applications that provide a meaningful return on investment
for the communities involved,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of