Among other initiatives, CIRS partnered with the commonwealth of Virginia and Convert Solar to install a 325kW on grid solar system comprised of an array of state of the art monocrystalline high performance photovoltaic panels. The system provides over 75% of the building’s peak energy requirements with excess energy production returned to the local grid to provide clean power to other users. The system reduces CO2 emissions from traditional power generation by about 250 metric tons a year which is equivalent to 30,000 gallons of gasoline, 300,000 pounds of coal or 650 barrels of oil. Annual carbon sequestration is equal to approximately 43 acres of US forest for one year. Click here to view our solar system dashboard.