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Louisiana isn’t known as a renewable energy state. UL Lafayette wants to change that.

UL Lafayette is the only university in Louisiana, and one of a handful nationwide, that can examine solar technology outside and in a controlled, laboratory space.

Its new Photovoltaic Applied Research and Testing Laboratory has two sites: a 6-acre array of 4,200 solar panels in University Research Park, and lab space within campus’ Rougeau Hall that’s filled with equipment that tests how the sun degrades the modules.

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