Solar PV Panels

What is solar PV?

Solar photovoltaic (PV) means making electricity out of sunlight. Sunlight activates electrons inside the photovoltaic cells to produce electricity. CLC's solar field and campus building roofs feature over 5,000 solar PV panels, rated at 1.9 MW. (The power rating tells you how much wattage a solar installation would produce while operating at standard test conditions.)

Sustainability means making use of resources already available. These solar panels provide about 17% of Grayslake Campus’ electricity. Using solar energy not only reduces pollution but also lowers the amount of greenhouse gases from coal power plants.

Solar PV panels benefits

At CLC: Triple bottom line

Clean solar energy does more than power campus lights. It inspires our students and faculty to re-evaluate some of our big problems and find innovative solutions that can be a win-win-win for people, the economy and the environment.

In Lake County: Make cents

Solar PV is growing our economy with jobs in the trades, construction, engineering, supply chain management, project management and sales. Lake County residents, schools and businesses are switching to solar PV.

Around the world: Renewable wins

The fastest growing sources of energy in the world are renewable: solar and wind. Across the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America, commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are propelling us forward into an era of clean and affordable energy. According to the International Energy Association, most countries will find utility-scale solar PV the least expensive option for new electrical plants.