Location

The Barnhart Building
The Barnhart Building on the south side of UK's campus is an ideal location for mounting solar panels. The roof of the Barnhart Building is considered to be student lab space. This means that team members have access to the site, which allows the team to perform any necessary maintenance.

The building's roof is constructed such that a mount can be easily fabricated to face the panels due south (towards the south pole). This is the appropriate orientation for maximum sun exposure for any location in the northern hemisphere. Since Lexington is thirty eight degrees from the equator (38° latitude), then the optimum angle for the panels is thirty eight degrees, with up to an additional fifteen degrees for Winter, and fifteen degrees fewer for Summer.

The blue rectangle below indicates the exact location of the solar array.