Energy

Introduction

For most institutions, energy consumption is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, which cause global climate change. Implementing conservation measures and switching to renewable sources of energy can help institutions save money and protect them from utility rate volatility. Renewable energy may be generated locally and allow campuses to support local economic development. Furthermore, institutions can help shape markets by creating demand for cleaner, renewable sources of energy.

2023 resources

600 kW Wind Turbine

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)

UMass Dartmouth broke ground on its wind turbine project, marking the latest milestone in its campus-wide effort to reduce annual energy costs by $3 million, shrink annual carbon emissions by ...

  • Posted Aug. 8, 2012
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4 kW 40-foot Wind Turbine

  • Broome Community College (NY)

Broome Community College's latest effort to support and produce green energy won't just lower utility bills - it'll be used to teach students. BCC unveiled a new wind ...

  • Posted Aug. 8, 2012
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105 kW Rooftop Array: Sun Devil Fitness Complex

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Architekton (AZ)

The Polytechnic Campus Sun Devil Fitness Complex was constructed in direct response to student demand and input. The building is a two-story structure, certified by the United States Green Building ...

  • Posted Aug. 7, 2012
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66 kW Rooftop Array: Discovery Hall

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)
  • Encap Development LLC (MA)

Roof top mount. Discovery Hall. Fixed. 220 panels. 66 kWdc. Commissioning deadline = 9/20/13. PV Panel Type: Canadian Solar CS6X-300M monocrystalline Inverter Type: Advanced Energy AE50TX (1)

  • Posted Aug. 6, 2012
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Alfred State's Net-Zero Energy Demonstration Home

  • Alfred State College (NY)

Students in a variety of construction-related programs at Alfred State constructed a net-zero energy demonstration home as part of their coursework. The 2200 square foot home, which is located on ...


We Conserve: A Campus Wide Campaign

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The University of Wisconsin - Madison initiated the aggressive We Conserve program in 2006 to further strengthen its environmental stewardship practices and to promote education and motivation to the community on ...


Skidmore College's Innovative District Geothermal System

  • Skidmore College (NY)

Skidmore College has utilized geothermal heating and cooling, a renewable energy, for several years now, beginning with the installations in our Northwoods Village residential apartments, then the Murray-Aikins Dining Hall ...


6 kW Rooftop Array: Environmental Studies Building

  • Western Washington University (WA)

A student-funded solar array was installed atop the Environmental Studies Building at Western Washington University. The $167,500 project, funded by the student Green Energy Fee and proposed by a ...

  • Posted July 3, 2012
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Baylor Energy Awareness Program: Engaging the Campus Community

  • Baylor University (TX)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Baylor Facility Services, along with ARAMARK Higher Education and Baylor University, has embarked on a ground-breaking energy engagement program for the campus, leading Baylor's staff, students and community in ...


Culture Clash: Art, Electrons, Teaching, Research, and Engagement Meet at the Solar Strand

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

The University at Buffalo's 750 kilowatt Solar Strand, brought to life by world-renowned artist Walter Hood, reflects a transformative vision that defines the future of sustainability. Its approach moves ...

  • Posted June 29, 2012
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Sustainable IT: Deploying and Demonstrating Innovative Data Center Cooling Technology to Achieve End Use Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Benefits at Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  • OptiCool Technologies (NY)

In the spring of 2012 Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) worked with one of its Clean Energy Incubator (CEI) technology companies to deploy, test, and validate their advanced and innovative ...

  • Posted June 28, 2012
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536 kW Rooftop Array: MacroTechnology Works

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)
  • Encap Development LLC (MA)

Rooftop mount. MacroTechnology Works; ASU Research Park. Fixed. 1,848 panels 545.49 kWdc. . PV Panel Type: Trina Solar TSM-300PC/PA14 - 300 Polycrystalline Inverter Type: Advanced Energy AE100TX (3), AE75TX ...

  • Posted June 27, 2012
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251 kW Canopy Array: Alberta B. Farrington Softball Stadium

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)
  • Encap Development LLC (MA)

Rooftop shaded seating canopy. Alberta B. Farrington Softball Stadium. Fixed. 1,008 panels. 246.96 kWdc. Completion deadline = 8/21/13. PV Panel Type: Canadian Solar 290W polycrystalline Inverter Type ...

  • Posted June 27, 2012
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7 kW Rooftop Array: Nursing & Healthcare Innovation - Phase II

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The five-story, 88,934 square-foot facility provides five new classrooms for nursing students. The building also serves as a northern gateway to ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. Located at Third ...

  • Posted June 27, 2012
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28 kW Ground Mount: Plant Service Operations Building

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (IL)

In 2004, SIU received a grant to install a 28kW photovoltaic solar array by the Plant Service Operations building. Since then, the array has produced over 91,000 kWh of ...

  • Posted June 12, 2012
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818 kW Rooftop Arrays: Seven Buildings

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • RGS Energy (CO)

Early in 2012, Johns Hopkins University brought over 900 kW of photovoltaic electricity generation online with roof-mounted solar arrays spread over seven campus buildings across Baltimore. The project was coordinated ...

  • Posted May 31, 2012
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42.6 MW Wind Farm

  • Whitman College (WA)
  • NextEra Energy Resources (FL)

In 2013, the College leased nearby farmland to NextEra Energy, which has seventy 660 kW turbines on the property. The 166 foot tall towers generate electricity when wind speeds are ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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3.28 MW Vestas V82 Wind Turbines

  • Mount Wachusett Community College (MA)

In March 2011, MWCC activated two new 1.64 MW wind turbines. The Vestas V82 turbines are now generating 100% of the college’s annual electricity, plus returning power back ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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2.3 MW Wind Turbine and Wind Energy Research Area

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

United States Department of Energy (DOE) officials, energy industry partners, wind energy researchers, political leaders, University administrators and hundreds of local school children watched the ceremonial “flip of the switch ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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2 MW Gamesa G90 Wind Turbine

  • University of Delaware (DE)

The University of Delaware and Gamesa Technology Corporation joined forces to install a utility-scale 2-megawatt (2-MW) wind turbine at UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. The joint venture ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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1.7 MW Wind Turbine

  • Carleton College (MN)

The development and construction of a 1.65 Megawatt wind turbine located approximately 1-1/2 miles east of Carleton College in cooperation with the Northfield School District.

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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1.7 MW General Electric XLE Wind Turbine

  • Luther College (IA)

The Luther College wind turbine was installed on September 19, 2011 and commissioned by General Electric on November 1, 2011. Located on the bluff west of campus, the turbine symbolizes ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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1.7 MW Wind Turbine

  • St. Olaf College (MN)

Located just west of campus (behind Ytterboe Residence Hall), the 1.6-megawatt turbine provides power directly to the campus, meeting one third of the college's annual need.

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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1.7 MW 230-foot Wind Turbine

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)

In March 2005, the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) began operating a 1.65MW wind turbine. This 230-foot turbine provides the adjacent University of Minnesota, Morris with 5 ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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1.5 MW GE Wind Turbine

  • Illinois Institute of Technology (IL)

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) celebrated the installation of Chicago's first research-based advanced wind turbine at a ribbon-cutting ceremony today on the university's main campus on the South ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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1.2 MW Three-Blade Wind Turbines (400 kW each)

  • Ohio Northern University (OH)

Each three-blade wind turbine is 220 feet tall and generates 400 kilowatts of power. The University will use the collective 1.2 megawatts of power generated by the three wind ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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660 kW 242-foot Single-Turbine Installation

  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MA)

This single-turbine project at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts was constructed by affiliate Jay Cashman, Inc. in 2006. It is MMA's first wind turbine construction project ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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660 kW Wind Turbine

  • Turtle Mountain Community College (ND)

Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC) in Belcourt, N.D., installed a 660-kilowatt wind turbine, completing a long-term plan to make the campus completely self-sufficient in its use of energy. The ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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600 kW Wind Turbine

  • University of Maine at Presque Isle (ME)

We are the first university in the state to install a mid-size wind turbine on campus. This $2 million project, the installation of a 600 kW wind turbine, produced 680 ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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250 kW Wind Turbine

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (NY)

In the early 1990’s, RERL bought and erected on Mount Tom in nearby Easthampton a used 250-kilowatt turbine and has been operating a wind research and teaching station there ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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120 kW Wind Turbines and Solar Arrays

  • Creighton University (NE)

In June 2010, with the assistance of funding from the US Department of Energy and the Omaha Public Power District, Creighton University deployed a variety of solar and wind energy ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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120 kW VolturnUS 1:8 Offshore Wind Turbine

  • University of Maine (ME)

The data collected from the single VolturnUS 1:8 scale turbine demonstrated the viability of the floating concrete and composites hull. VolturnUS 1:8, the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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100 kW Community-scale Wind Turbine

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Installation of a 100-kilowatt, community-scale wind turbine on the Appalachian State University campus has been completed and the turbine will soon begin generating electricity that will be fed into the ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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100 kW Wind Turbine

  • Blackfeet Community College (MT)

Funded by a $225,000 Department of Energy Grant, the Blackfeet Community College, with support from local entities has completed construction of a 100-kilowatt wind generator.

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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100 kW Turbine - Wind Energy Research Center

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

Case Western Reserve University continues to make progress toward a multimillion-dollar wind energy research center. The first wind turbine, scheduled to be operational sometime during fall semester, will be near ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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2.4 kW Wind Turbine: Beech Hill Farm

  • College of the Atlantic (ME)

In the spring of 2009, College of the Atlantic offered a wind power course: "A Practicum in Wind Power". In this class, students learned about wind power and worked to ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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100kW Wind Turbine

  • Richland Community College (IL)

The Richland Community College wind turbine serves as Richland’s “innovation signature.” It is iconic for Richland’s campus and new programs, while serving as the gateway to the Richland ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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90 kW 160-foot V-17 Wind Turbine

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College (WI)

Located at the south end of the campus building, the 90-kilowatt, V-17 turbine is a remanufactured unit made in Denmark by Vestas, the world’s largest manufacturer of turbines. It ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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80 kW 130-foot 2-blade Wind Turbine

  • University of Toledo (OH)

The University of Toledo installed solar and wind power at its Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation in Toledo, OH with help from Constellation Energy's Projects & Services ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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65 kW Vestas V-15 Wind Turbine

  • Lakeshore Technical College (WI)

The Vestas was the first wind turbine installed on LTC's campus and the only turbine that faces into the wind. Southeast of the turbine is a 50-meter meteorological (MET ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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55 kW Wind Turbine

  • Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles (QC)

The Gaspé campus of Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles installed a 55 kW Bonus turbine that had been previously installed in 1987 in Kuujjuaq. The Integrated Centre for ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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50 kW 100-foot Wind Turbine

  • Des Moines Area Community College (IA)

Thanks to a $131,500 grant from the Iowa Office of Energy Independence, a new 100-foot wind turbine will be constructed on Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Ankeny Campus.

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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50 kW Endurance E3120 Wind Turbine

  • Lakeshore Technical College (WI)

Rising 120 feet over the campus, LTC's Endurance wind turbine produces approximately 100,000 kilowatt-hours annually, enough energy to power 10 average American homes each year. Endurance's 29-foot ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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44 kW Vergnet Turbine at Windmill Point

  • St. Lawrence College (ON)

The Cornwall Campus of St. Lawrence College, in collaboration with Ontario Power Generation, installed a 44 kW Vergnet turbine at Windmill Point in 2001. The 30 m unit has worked ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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30 kW Sault College gets wind power

  • Sault College (ON)

MET Energy along with Sault College have designed a new 30kW wind turbine on campus. It is located between the general parking lot of J-wing and the Outback Student Life ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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30 kW Micro-Wind Farm

  • Quinnipiac University (CT)

Perhaps the first significant wind installation on an American college campus, Quinnipiac’s “wind garden” is free of propellers and their objectionable whoosh. Each of its 25 upright cylindrical turbines ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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26 kW Wind Turbines

  • Harvard University (MA)

Perched on 40-foot towers, two Bergey Excel turbines turn the wind into watts for Harvard’s electrical grid. The twin turbines, each rated at 10 kilowatt-hours, represent the University’s ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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20 kW 124-foot Wind Turbine

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

A large, white, three-blade propeller was moved into position Wednesday to sit atop a 124-foot tower that commands attention on the SIUE campus. The blades are part of a turbine ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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11 kW Wind Turbine

  • Northland College (WI)

An 11 kW wind turbine also generates electricity for the MELLC.

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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10 kW Experimental Wind Turbine

  • Alfred University (NY)

Alfred University’s Center for Environmental and Energy Research (CEER) is testing the winds with a 10-kilowatt turbine it has installed on a hillside near this Western New York campus ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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Energy Partners

Edison Energy

Irvine, CA
Business Leader

Legrand North America, LLC

Carlsbad, CA
Business Leader
Legrand Building Control Systems provides digital lighting controls, shading and remote services.

Pharos Systems International

Rochester, NY
Business Leader
A certified B Corp, Pharos helps universities reveal wasteful habits and hidden costs making campus printing less expensive, more mindful, and more sustainable.

8760 Engineering

St. Louis, MO
Business Affiliate
Energy Master Planning / Metering / Retrofits, Advanced Cx, Retro-Cx and Central Plant Optimization.

Ameresco, Inc.

Framingham, MA
Business Affiliate

American Council on Renewable Energy

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate

Celtic Energy, Inc.

Glastonbury, CT
Business Affiliate

Center for Resource Solutions | Green-e

San Francisco, CA
Business Affiliate
Green-e® is the only certification for renewable energy and carbon offsets accepted by AASHE STARS, setting quality standards and ensuring purchasers receive full environmental benefits.

CustomerFirst Renewables

Gaithersburg, MD
Business Affiliate
CFR is an innovative, renewable energy advisory firm focused on bringing large-scale solutions directly to clients. CFR solutions typically meet up to 100% of power needs, cost less than brown power, and mitigate price uncertainty.

Energy Solutions Professionals, LLC

Overland Park, KS
Business Affiliate

Energy Strategies

Salt Lake City, UT
Business Affiliate
Helping higher education clients instill confidence in their energy decisions by supplementing their capabilities with our experienced, multi-disciplinary consultancy services

Energy Systems Group (ESG)

Newburgh, IN
Business Affiliate

First American Education Finance

Fairport, NY
Business Affiliate
First American Education Finance provides customized financing solutions to help schools solve their unique challenges - from complex projects such as energy-efficiency upgrades and campus improvements to equipment management.

Fit for Green Inc.

Mission Viejo, CA
Business Affiliate
Fit for Green actively engages people across all 3 pillars of sustainability during exercise. They are a provider of specialized commercial gym equipment.

GreenerU

Watertown, MA
Business Affiliate

SolGreen Solutions

Alexandria, VA
Business Affiliate

Strategic Energy Innovations

San Rafael, CA
Business Affiliate
Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Sunbolt

Willow Grove, PA
Business Affiliate
Sunbolt creates solar-powered charging workstations. Featuring an unmatched solar array, these outdoor workstations are fully equipped to charge smart phones, laptops and other electronic devices.

Sun Charge Systems

Cleveland, AL
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