Shade often provides comfort on a hot summer afternoon, but Adrian Gross might find himself wishing for more sun to fall on his home in Evanston.
The solar panels he installed 18 months years ago provide enough energy in a given year to cover half the cost of the 12,000 miles he puts on his all-electric-powered Nissan Leaf.
“If I had a great yard, with complete sun, it would take care of all 12,000 miles,” he said. “The whole year would be covered.”
Fortunately for Gross and his fellow employees at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, any energy he uses on his 25-mile trip to work can be recouped at one of the 12 vehicle-charging stations the school installed last fall.
In fact, Bob Jackson, Rosalind Franklin’s director of operations and facility management, said anyone pulling into the parking lot off Green Bay Road can use the stations, including nine positioned directly in front of the school.