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Photons for the Future!


If we could use all of the energy in sunlight that strikes the Earth’s surface in one hour, we could power the planet for an entire year!


Sunlight (composed of photons) is Earth’s most abundant energy source. We’re putting some of that energy to work here at EKU through Photons for the future!, our alumni-driven project to supply EKU’s energy needs with solar power.

For every 100 solar panels operating on campus, ~41,000 kWh are generated each year. That’s enough energy to do 6,500 loads of laundry (wash and dry) OR watch 2.5 million hours of television.

Twenty-five panels were installed in Fall 2017, and an additional 120 panels were installed in Fall 2018. Together, these panels save EKU nearly $3,000 annually (at 2017 costs), but the more panels installed, the more money saved!

To celebrate these savings, we award the Photon Fellowship to EKU students making significant contributions to environmental responsibility and sustainability. Learn how you can join us as we put even more photons to work!

Join Us!


Students, alumni, and friends of EKU,
Thank you for your interest in Photons for the future! This multifaceted project positions EKU as a leader in non-polluting energy technologies. Starting with a handful of solar panels installed with the Science Building Phases I and II, we hope to power an increasing number of EKU’s facilities and activities through our most abundant energy source—the sun! Will you join us by communicating the challenges and opportunities associated with energy generation and usage, by inspiring communities to live sustainably, or funding additional solar panels?

Photon Fellows

Photon Fellows are EKU students past, present, and future who promote environmental responsibility and sustainability, broadly defined. We celebrate their contributions through scholarships proportional to the energy costs savings realized through EKU’s solar panel array.

Photon Friends

“We invite contributions to fund more solar panels. This is a meaningful way you can contribute to EKU’s leadership in alternative energy, while also funding scholarships. We intend to engage alumni who contribute in an ongoing dialogue with professors and students around alternative energy. A compelling aspect of solar panels is that they last for 50 years. A solar panel scholarship, is, in effect, an endowed scholarship which will last for many years. EKU has available land located around campus, and adjacent to campus. Wouldn’t it be a powerful statement to the community and state if much of that land were covered with solar panels?”
Dr. Gary Booth, EKU class of 1962

Join us as we grow the EKU solar panel array and its impact on the Campus Beautiful. All contributions to the Solar Energy Fund will be used to purchase, install, and maintain solar panels that provide energy to EKU. In turn, the savings realized from these panels will fund Photon Fellows. Our first goal is to add 100+ panels to the Science Building array. Give now!

Other Opportunities at EKU

Office of Sustainability


521 Lancaster Ave.
Science 4126
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-7993