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Institutional Emissions and Energy Planning: A Practical Guide for Administrators, Managers and DecisionMakers on the Interactions Between Carbon Accounting, Institutional Goal Setting and Energy Procurement

  • Princeton University (NJ)

This report provides a practical guide about institutional emission and energy planning for administrators, managers and decision-makers. A key finding of this report is that institutions require an awareness and ...

  • Posted July 19, 2019
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A Solar PPA Designed for Positive Externalities

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • The Nature Conservancy (VA)

Drs. Meghan Hoskins and Peter Buckland from Penn State’s Sustainability Institute in collaboration with Elizabeth Johnson, The Nature Conservancy, PA and Emilie Wangerman, Lightsource BP will describe the rationale ...

  • Posted July 18, 2019
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Aggregating Higher Education Demand for Renewables

  • APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities (VA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

Cohorts of colleges and universities are aggregating energy loads to achieve economies of scale when sourcing renewable energy. This article highlights the benefits of this aggregated approach by examining several ...

  • Posted April 4, 2019
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Harvard's Challenge: Institutional Green Power

  • Harvard University (MA)

This case study examines the options that Harvard University has for complying with one aspect of its Climate Action Plan, which was announced in February 2018. It specifically focuses on ...

  • Posted March 1, 2019
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Transitioning to Renewables

  • Dallas County Community College District System Office (TX)

Each year, a transition to all-renewable sources of energy seems more feasible for colleges and universities. The Texas Higher Education Renewable Energy Consortium is a coalition of colleges committed to ...

  • Posted Dec. 21, 2018
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Aggregating Higher Education Demand for Renewables: A Primer

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Campuses are increasingly looking to renewable energy as the most financially attractive strategy for achieving dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while reducing long-term energy costs and minimizing energy price ...


Contracting for Renewable Energy Procurement: Financing and Legal Strategies and Considerations

  • K&L Gates (DC)

Colleges and universities are adopting aggressive sustainability targets and deadlines to reduce carbon emissions. To meet these targets, institutions have a range of options, including installing on-site energy generation and ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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From Student Power to Renewable Energy: A New Approach to Investing in Solar

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Over the last year and a half, students at Southern Oregon University have worked to develop an innovative new approach to funding solar. Inspired by the power purchase agreement model ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Leverage Your Renewable Energy Impact Through Emerging Avoided Emissions PPA Strategies

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)
  • WattTime (CA)

Renewable energy procurement is a critical strategy for reducing an institution's greenhouse gas emissions. However, not all renewable energy projects avoid the same amount of GHG emissions per kWh ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Carbon Neutral Campus: Solar Research

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

This project was set out to analyze two UIC buildings, the Student Services Building and the Pharmacognosy Field Station, in order to determine their potential for solar energy along with ...

  • Posted Aug. 10, 2018
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Dickinson College Solar Array

  • Dickinson College (PA)

Dickinson’s new (2018), 12-acre solar array project—designed and built by Tesla—is projected to generate approximately 5,200,000 kwh per year, representing more than 25 percent of ...


Vassar Groveville Hydro Project

  • Vassar College (NY)

Photo Credit: Karl Rabe/ Vassar College In Fall 2015, Vassar College signed a 20-year agreement with Gravity Renewables to establish a purchasing partnership with a small scale hydropower project on ...


Solar Photovoltaic Arrays at Hampshire College generating up to 100% of electricity on site

  • Hampshire College (MA)

In 2015, the Hampshire College Board of Trustees approved a plan to provide 100% of electricity from on-site solar arrays through a combination of 19 acres of ground-mounted PV arrays ...


Solarizing UC Santa Barbara

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

In 2017 UCSB increased its onsite renewable energy generating capacity tenfold through a multi-site Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). UCSB now has over 5.3 megawatts (MW) of on-site solar capacity ...


Example RFP and Scorecard for Procurement/Advisory Services for Large Scale Renewable Energy

  • AASHE (PA)

This is an example RFP for a professional services firm to provide renewable energy procurement services that include the development and execution of an integrated strategy to procure renewable energy ...


Green Gigawatt Partnership: Ramping Up Renewables in Higher Education

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

The Green Gigawatt Partnership seeks to catalyze one gigawatt of green power development by 2020 by recognizing colleges and universities who have signed long term contracts to purchase green power ...

  • Posted March 27, 2018
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5.9 MW Wind Energy Purchase

  • Southwestern University (TX)

In January 2010, Southwestern University signed an agreement with the City of Georgetown that enables the university to meet all its electric needs with wind power. Under the agreement, Southwestern ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2018
  • Green Power Projects
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Aggregating Higher Education Demand for Renewables: A Primer

  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

AASHE is excited to announce the release Aggregating Higher Education Demand for Renewables: A Primer, a new publication designed to help groups of colleges and universities use their collective buying ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2018
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21 MW Purchase from Red Rock Solar Project

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Arizona State University is purchasing 65,000,000 kWh of renewable energy from the APS 40 MW Red Rock Solar Project via a 20 year power purchase agreement.

  • Posted Feb. 5, 2018
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2.2 MW Solar Garden

  • Sullivan County Community College (NY)

SUNY Sullivan's 2.15 MW Solar Garden generates about half the electricity used by the college. The college purchases the power generated by the panels under 20 year power ...

  • Posted Feb. 5, 2018
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1.3 MW Offsite Solar Array

  • Brandeis University (MA)
  • Borrego Solar (MA)

Under a 20 year power purchase agreement with Kenyon Energy, Brandeis is purchasing solar energy from a 1.27 megawatt (MW) system installed by Borrego Solar on the roof of ...

  • Posted Feb. 5, 2018
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46.5 MW Solar Purchase from Sunraysia Solar Farm

  • University of New South Wales (NSW)

University of New South Wales entered into a 15-year solar power purchase agreement with Maoneng Australia and Origin Energy. Under the agreement, UNSW is purchasing up to 124,000 MWh ...

  • Posted Feb. 5, 2018
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13.5 MW Solar Carport System

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

Michigan State University partnered with Inovateus Solar and Alterra Power Corp. to install a 13.5 MW solar carport system spread above 4,500 parking spaces in 5 locations around ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2018
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4.7 MW Solar Array

  • Hampshire College (MA)
  • SolarCity

Hampshire College partnered with SolarCity to install 4.7 MW (DC) of solar on 19 acres of its 840-acre campus. The system is expected to provide 100 percent of Hampshire ...

  • Posted Jan. 12, 2018
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4.3 MW Solar Parking Canopy

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)
  • SunPower Corp (CA)

UCR partnered with SunPower to install a 4.3 MW solar canopy above two campus parking lots (lots 30 and 32). The project was built and fully financed by SunPower ...

  • Posted Jan. 4, 2018
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2.8 MW Solar Array

  • Mohawk Valley Community College (NY)
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) (NY)

Mohawk Valley Community College partnered with GroSolar to develop a 2 MW AC / 2.8 MW DC solar array on a site owned by the Rome Industrial Development Corporation. MVCC ...

  • Posted Jan. 4, 2018
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1.6 MW Hydro Purchase from King’s Fall Hydroelectric Facility

  • St. Lawrence University (NY)

In 2015, St. Lawrence University signed a long-term agreement with Gravity Renewables that allowed for the refurbishment and repair of the King’s Fall Hydroelectric Facility in Lewis County. That ...

  • Posted Jan. 2, 2018
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2 MW Denton Road Solar Array

  • Skidmore College (NY)
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) (NY)
  • WGL Energy (VA)
  • Dynamic Energy (MA)

Skidmore College contracted with Dynamic Energy to develop a 2-megawatt solar array located on 8 acres of College property about one mile from its main campus. The array consists of ...

  • Posted Jan. 2, 2018
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850 kW Hydro Purchase from Chittenden Falls Hydroelectric Facility

  • Skidmore College (NY)

In 2015, Skidmore College finalized an agreement with Gravity Renewables to purchase the output of the revitalized Chittenden Falls Hydroelectric Facility in Columbia County. The certified low-impact dam generates about ...

  • Posted Jan. 2, 2018
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927 kW Hydro Purchase from Groveville Hydro Facility

  • Vassar College (NY)

In September 2015, Vassar College announced a 20-year agreement with the hydro power company Gravity Renewables to purchase power generated at the 927 kW Groveville Hydro Facility in Beacon, NY ...

  • Posted Jan. 2, 2018
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2 MW Snyder Road Solar Farm

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) (NY)
  • Sol Systems (DC)

The Cornell Snyder Road Solar Farm – comprised of with 6,778 photovoltaic panels on an 11-acre plot of Cornell property that adjoins the Tompkins County Regional Airport – went live in ...

  • Posted Jan. 2, 2018
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Student Governments and the Power Purchase Agreement: A Tool for Financial Sustainability

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Students at Southern Oregon University are exploring the potential for their student government to invest in solar panels and sell the resulting electricity back to the university, cutting the university ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Growth of Renewable Energy in Higher Education: Can It Get Us to Our GHG Goals?

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Is higher ed on track to achieve its GHG reduction targets? Not without massively ramping up renewables. A new study by the University of New Hampshire and Altenex compiles and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Barriers and Breakthroughs On the Road to Large-Scale Renewable Energy PPAs

  • Boston University (MA)
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Conventional power prices are at historic lows. Yet, wind and solar power costs are still able to compete with 'brown' power. A new renewable energy trends report by the University ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Innovative Financing Options and the University Solar Deployment Process

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

This workshop session will highlight new, high-impact ways in which higher education institutions can finance solar deployment, including making investments via endowments. In this session, EPA will review emerging solar ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Guide to Making Claims About Your Solar Power Use

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

This guide describes best practices for appropriately explaining and characterizing solar power activities and the fundamental importance of renewable energy certificates (RECs) for solar power use claims. This guidance is ...

  • Posted Nov. 16, 2017
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3.3 MW Wind Purchase from Roth Rock Wind Farm

  • University System of Maryland Office (MD)

The University of Maryland System and the Maryland Department of General Services are jointly purchasing 20% of the output of the 50 MW Roth Rock Wind Farm via a 20 ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2017
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18 MW Wind Purchase from Pinnacle Wind Farm

  • University System of Maryland Office (MD)

The University of Maryland System is purchasing 33% of the output of the 55 MW Pinnacle Wind Farm via a 20 year power purchase agreement. The Maryland Department of General ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2017
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1.4 MW Solar Array on Pecos Campus

  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ)
  • SolarCity

Chandler-Gilbert Community College partnered with SolarCity to install a 1.38 MW solar power system at its Pecos Campus. It was constructed on land leased from CGCC. The college purchases ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2017
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44MW Solar Purchase from Summit Farms

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

In the fall of 2016, MIT joined with two local partners (Boston Medical Center and Post Office Square Redevelopment Corporation) in a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Dominion Resources ...

  • Posted Oct. 14, 2017
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67 MW Stanford Solar Generating Station

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • SunPower Corp (CA)

Covering approximately 200 acres in a western valley of the Mojave Desert, the 67 MW (DC) Stanford Solar Generating Station produces the equivalent of about half of the electricity used ...

  • Posted Oct. 11, 2017
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60 MW Wind Energy Purchase: Cowboy Wind Farm

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

On January 1, 2013, Oklahoma State began purchasing 110 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind energy annually under a 20 year power purchase agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. This ...

  • Posted Oct. 11, 2017
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50 MW Wind Energy Purchase from Blue Creek Wind Farm

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

In October 2012, Ohio State University signed a power purchase agreement with Iberdrola Renewables to purchase 50 megawatts (MW) of wind energy capacity from the Blue Creek Wind Farm, a ...

  • Posted Oct. 10, 2017
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2 MW Horn Point Solar Project

  • University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (MD)
  • Standard Solar

UMCES partnered with Standard Solar, Inc. to install a 2MW solar field on approximately 10 acres of its Horn Point Laboratory campus. It is expected to generate approximately 50% of ...

  • Posted Oct. 9, 2017
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4.5 MW Solar Farm

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)
  • REC Solar (CA)

Cal Poly has a 4.5 MW solar farm on 18.5-acres on the western edge of its campus. It was financed, designed, constructed and is maintained by REC Solar ...

  • Posted Oct. 9, 2017
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32.5 MW Off-Site Solar Farm: MD Solar 1 (in progress)

  • Georgetown University (DC)

In September 2017, Georgetown University engaged Origis Energy USA to develop a 32.5-megawatt off-site solar power system on 518 acres in Charles County, Maryland. When complete in summer of ...

  • Posted Oct. 9, 2017
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How Are Campuses Harnessing Renewable Energy? New Report Tracks Trends in Higher Ed

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

As a whole, campuses are getting more energy efficient. But space growth counter-weighs these gains. Hundreds of campuses have onsite solar. But the arrays are small, and sometimes the SCRECs ...

  • Posted July 27, 2017
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How Campus Solar Cuts Carbon and Boosts the Bottom Line

  • Cedar Valley College - DCCCD (TX)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Learning Outcome 1: Learn how to assess on campus solar potential Learning Outcome 2: Understand how to compare on-site and off-site approaches Learning Outcome 3: Gain insight on how to ...

  • Posted April 25, 2017
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Green Gigawatt Partnership: Reinventing Renewable Power Purchase Agreements for Higher Education

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

The higher education renewable energy market has grown dramatically in recent years as campus buyers have executed power purchase agreements (PPAs). But for all of the successes, two substantial obstacles ...

  • Posted March 30, 2017
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Large-Scale Renewables: The Next Chapter in Higher Education Sustainability Leadership

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

Higher education is uniquely positioned to both expand and benefit from climate leadership. Many universities and colleges have substantially stepped up their commitments and efforts to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG ...

  • Posted March 14, 2017
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