In spring of 2018, Mission of Mary installed a two-ton geothermal HVAC system to provide all heating and cooling needs. That same year, after crowdfunding $32,000 with the help of RE-Volv, a national nonprofit that helps finance solar projects, and 10 UD “solar ambassadors,” MMC installed a 11.5 kW solar panel array on its roof. The array provides enough electricity to complete the vision.
Along the way, University of Dayton engineering students were crucial to moving the project forward. The ETHOS Center provided funded interns, Innovation Center students performed senior design projects, including a solar energy storage project, and renewable and clean energy masters students helped determine the future energy load and analyze data.
After engineering students tracked energy usage and production for more than a year, the organization was able to verify it produced more renewable energy than it used.
“The School of Engineering has been a tremendous partner in this journey to becoming net zero,” Schulz said. “The passion, energy and dedication of the students, faculty and staff has been incredibly beneficial.”
The completion of this milestone marks another step in Mission of Mary’s journey to develop partnerships for sustainable urban development, according to Schulz.
“We are proving to our neighborhood and our city how sustainable development can support our operations in a way that respects nature, the needs of the neighborhood, and future generations - a transformation they hope becomes part of the fabric of Dayton,” he said.
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