Solar Electricity

Solar PV arrays on campus

  • CSU has 43 solar arrays across its campuses either already completed or under construction.
  • In 2009 Colorado State University installed its first solar PV array in partnership with the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office, an 18.9 kW system. Located on the Engineering Building, overlooking the Lory Student Center plaza, this array was the largest array in the City of Fort Collins at the time.
  • A 5.3 megawatt (5,300 kW), 30-acre solar plant is located at Chrisman Field on the Foothills Campus (Phase 1 completed, Dec. 2009 and Phase 2 completed, Dec. 2010). The plant provides one-third of the electricity needs of the entire Foothills Campus. At the time it was built, it was one of the largest solar PV arrays located on a university campus in the United States.
  • In 2021 and 2022, CSU installed solar PV arrays at 20 locations, all part of one project to advance on-site solar. This project alone added 4.25 megawatts (4,251 kW) to our total solar generation capacity.
  • At the end of the current construction project, there will be 43 arrays and a total of 11.2 megawatts (11,265 kW) of solar on CSU campuses across the state of Colorado including:
    • CSU Fort Collins Main Campus
    • CSU Fort Collins Foothills Campus
    • CSU Fort Collins South Campus
    • CSU Mountain Campus
    • CSU Spur Campus – Denver, CO
    • Agriculture Research Development and Education Center (ARDEC) – Fort Collins, CO
    • Arkansas Valley Research Center – Rocky Ford, CO
    • Western Colorado Research Center – Orchard Mesa, CO

View this PDF or Campus Maps for a complete listing of the solar PV projects at CSU.