BIDDEFORD — ReVision Energy installed solar panels last week on the roof of University of New England’s Campus Center as part of the university’s first renewable energy project.

The university’s Sustainability Office received a $50,000 grant in 2010 for a solar hot water system and performance monitoring display at the Campus Center.

The project, administered by Efficiency Maine, is expected to provide up to 50 percent of the Campus Center’s hot water energy supply. The real-time digital monitor also being installed will enable the university to determine cost and energy savings.

“Everyone is excited about it, ” said Alethea Cariddi, the university’s sustainability coordinator, adding that the project is part of a “multi-pronged strategy the university is taking to achieve our climate neutral goal.”

University of New England will host a public information session at 1 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the Simard Room of the Campus Center. For more information, visit