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Chapman University invests $1 million in Entech Solar

The move is part of the educational institution's environmental efforts.

By OC METRO staffPublished: January 19, 2011 09:21 AM

Chapman University in Orange has invested $1 million in Fort Worth-based renewable energy firm Entech Solar as part of its environmental efforts.

Entech develops concentrating photovoltaic solar modules and tubular skylights. Its SolarVolt system, for example, was developed based on proprietary and patented concentrating photovoltaic – or CPV – technology and aims to create low-cost electricity for commercial, industrial and utility power uses. Entech also has worked with NASA, the Department of Defense and private companies to help meet the needs of future space missions, among other efforts.

"We welcome this opportunity to advance the development of viable energy options,” said Chapman University President James Doti.

Entech CEO David Gelbaum is an environmentalist and philanthropist; he and his wife, Monica, have donated to a number of organizations over the years, including $12 million to Chapman University. They also have given $238 million to the Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund – which Gelbaum founded – and $25 million to the Sierra Club Foundation's Military Families Outdoors program, among other charitable grants.

Gelbaum's dedication to the environment is among the reasons for Chapman University's investment in Entech.

Founded in 1861, the institution offers high-quality education in film and media arts, performing arts, educational studies, business, law, humanities and the sciences. Chapman University's Schmid College of Science includes programs in computational sciences, earth and environmental sciences, and health and life sciences.

"This association builds on Chapman’s commitment to scientific exploration and Entech’s history of innovation and discovery,” said Doti.

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