After being delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, USML/Mundelein Seminary was finally able to formally dedicate and celebrate the completion of the solar array facility that was installed in December 2020. It was an opportunity to thank the USML Board of Advisors, solar array investors and other project partners who made the array possible.
The solar array has been providing more than 20 percent of the campus’ energy since becoming operational. Configured in the shape of a cross, the array is the first to be installed on the grounds of a Catholic seminary in the United States and is visible from 20,000 feet above.
The solar facility itself is owned and operated by USML Laudato Si Solar, LLC, a limited liability company formed by a group of investors who are leasing the land from the university. The company’s name references Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical entitled “Laudato si’: On Care for Our Common Home,” which addressed the Catholic Church’s commitment to environmental issues and sustainability.
The investors will sell the power back to the university at a discounted rate, which is estimated to save the university more than $1 million over the 35-year life of the array. Eventually, the university will take ownership of the facility and maintain it.
See photos from the dedication below and click here to learn more about the solar array project.
David Brochu, a longtime Mundelein Seminary donor and leader in clean energy technology, explains how the solar array serves power to the USML campus. Brochu is largely responsible for the development and execution of the solar array project.