Skip to main content
Guests homeSustainability home
St. Joseph Solar Farm
St. Joseph Solar Farm

Solar panels at St. Joseph Solar Farm, formerly part of the property of St. Joseph Farm.

In March, 2021, the Notre Dame/Indiana Michigan solar farm began providing power to the Michiana area. The use of solar arrays is one of many projects in the University’s long-range plan to become carbon neutral by 2050.
Efficiency and Educational Benefits
Consisting of nearly 60,000 photovoltaic solar panels, the facility is I&M's largest solar installation. Able to generate 20 megawatts of clean, renewable energy annually, or enough to power an average of 2,700 homes (more than the company's four other solar facilities combined). The solar project will also provide educational and research opportunities and encourage economic development for those looking for green energy options to support their vision.
Continuing our Commitment to Sustainability
For Notre Dame, it is the latest in a series of investments aimed at slashing campus carbon emissions by 83 percent from 2005 levels over the next 30 years. In the past three years alone, the University has activated a new geothermal heating and cooling plant, partnered with outside organizations to convert food waste to energy, installed the state’s largest green roof atop the Joyce Center and ceased burning coal. It will soon activate a new hydro facility on the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend. The facility will generate about 7 percent of the University’s electrical needs and offset nearly 9,700 tons of carbon dioxide annually.