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UT adds parking garage solar panels as part of teaching project
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(WBIR) A new $500,000 teaching and research tool now sits on top of the 11th street garage on the University of Tennessee's campus.

Crews recently installed solar panels and plan to add more vehicle charging stations as part of a new project. It's mean to make campus more energy efficient while also giving students the chance to develop and study new solar technologies.

University officials said they hope this will set the university apart.

"By connecting these solar panels to a power electronics laboratory in the electrical engineering building students will be able to test their ideas, see how they work versus what's on the market today and hopefully come up with the next generation in the future of solar or other renewable energy technologies," Stacey Patterson, associate vice president of research for the University of Tennessee, said.

Easton, a solar energy company, partnered with UT to donate more than $100,000 in supplies.

The university said it hopes to complete the project by this summer. Professors estimate this research will continue at least for the next five years.


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