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First Sun Fund Scholarship to be awarded this fall
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By VERONICA ALVAREZ
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The first Sun Fund Scholarship--quite possibly the first scholarship in the world to be financed by the sun—will be awarded in the fall 2010 semester by Florida Atlantic University’s College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs to a master’s degree student in the School of Urban and Regional Planning.

That school created The Sun Fund Scholarship in response to the savings that the FAU receives each year from using energy produced by hundreds of solar panels on the roof of the Higher Education Complex situated at on FAU’s Fort Lauderdale downtown campus on Las Olas Boulevard.

“We’re taking a portion of the money that we’re saving and putting that into a scholarship fund,” said Daniel Morris, external affairs correspondent for the School of Urban and Regional Planning.

The idea of installing solar roof panels began three years ago as a graduate project called The Solar Roof Iniative by Rachel Kalin, a master’s degree student in urban and regional planning. Kalin’s project turned into a reality when directors of the school said it was a good idea to pursue.

The project began after funding came from a private donor, FAU, Florida Power & Light Co. and the state of Florida.

“I don’t know of many downtown high-rises in the country that have a full-scale installation like our solar panels,” Morris said. The school celebrated the first-year anniversary of the unveiling of the solar roof on Feb. 18.

To see in real-time how much energy is being produced by the solar panels, visit www.fausolar.com.

 
 

 
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First Sun Fund Scholarship to be awarded this fall