Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Solar Energy at Notre Dame


An in-kind product and services contribution made by General Electric for a solar power system array and supporting infrastructure was incorporated in the University's new Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering.


  • Polycrystalline
  • 240 panels (see design package)
  • 205W each (see spec sheet)
  • 49.2 kw installed total power
  • ~340 m2
  • Assume 1kw/m2, then panels at 205w and 1.46 m2 gives estimated 14% efficiency

South Bend, Indiana gets about  4 kWh/m2/day of energy from the sun (NREL data)

  • 1360 kwh/day hit the array
  • 14% efficiency would give 190 kwh/day

Actual power/energy since install

  • 113 MWH over 634 days (2/26/10 install date)
  • 178 kwh/day
  • 7.4 kw average
  • Actual efficiency ~ 13%















A thin-film solar power system has been installed on Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering. The array is comprised of panels from two different manufacturers, Uni Solar and Solopower. Both panels employ a thin-film solar technology that is the first of its kind on campus. Inovateus Solar, a national solar distributor based in South Bend, donated the installation to the University and will use the array as an energy production demonstration model of the two solar panel models. Students are able to monitor system performance and gather data for research projects by visiting the monitoring website designed specifically for these purposes.

  • Total system is 9.8 kW, comprised of two 4.9 kW thin film products:  Uni-Solar and SoloPower.