Mar 25, 2019
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An aerial view of a solar panel system installed at the Fresno State Sigma Chi fraternity home. Trenton Kammerer/Contributed

Fresno State fraternity Sigma Chi receives alumni donation for solar panels

The Fresno State chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity will feature a new solar panel system at their house after receiving a $177,338 donation from university alumni.

The solar system, which is expected to power the fraternity house for the next 30 years according to a university news release, consists of a 135-panel system mounted above the fraternity’s parking lot.

The system is expected to generate 97 percent of the house’s annual $17,700 electricity charges, making it the first chapter house of the Sigma Chi fraternity that will offset a majority of its energy costs, according to the Sigma Chi national headquarters.

Additionally, the system will provide shade, improved security lighting, and will include two charging stations for electric vehicles.

The system was dedicated on Aug. 4 to Sigma Chi member and Fresno State alumnus Steve Heinrichs, who passed away in 2016.

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