The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Southern Illinois University Carbondale a $900,000 grant. EPA officials say, the grant was awarded a unique solar photovoltaic plus energy storage and communication resiliency project. The SIU Solar + Storage project will contain a total of over 150 kilowatts of solar generation and 310k Wh of storage capacity. The project will be located in a visible spot at the university in the College of Engineering building. This will assist in reducing dependency on electricity and be used for educational purposes. This project will contain benefits in being able to communicate even if a natural disaster would happen. The solar-powered long-term evolution (LTE) communication modules will keep cell phone communication for the campus police department, along with the Carbondale Police and Fire Departments in the event of an emergency. The wireless infrastructure will be made up of three mini-towers at the Health Services building, The Morris Library and engineering building. The IEPA will provide $900,000 and the University will provide $180,000 totaling $1.8 million. Officials say, The SIU Solar + Storage project will provide energy savings and emergency communications resiliency for the campus and Carbondale community as well as enhance educational opportunities for the University’s College of Engineering, and the EPA looks forward to watching the project evolve as students engage with the technology from different perspectives. Phase 1 consists of the installation of the equipment. Phase 1 is expected to be completed in June of next year.