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

450 kW Rooftop Arrays (5 Buildings)

  • University of San Francisco (CA)
  • Constellation Energy (MD)

In 2008, USF brought 500 kilowatts of photovoltaic power on line from five building rooftops.

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414 kW Rooftop Arrays: DuFour Center, Aquinas, Flather, and Gibbons Halls

  • The Catholic University of America (DC)
  • Standard Solar
  • WGL Energy (VA)

CUA President Garvey announced in April 2011 the expansion of its solar photovoltaic (solar PV) system, which originally became operational in December 2009. The expansion will add 440 solar panels ...

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408 kW Parking Canopy Arrays

  • Santa Monica College (CA)
  • Chevron Energy Solutions (CA)

The project includes a 408-kilowatt solar system, which provides electricity through solar panels located on the top level of two parking structures that is generating power for the two garages ...

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400 kW Solar Farm (3.9 Acres)

  • Saint John's University (MN)

With 1,820 modules on 3.9 acres, the solar array will produce 575,000 kWh annually. The solar farm will produce 4% of Saint John's energy needs on ...

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400 kW Roof Mount: Building One

  • St. Philip's College (TX)
  • Texas Solar Power Company (TX)

SPC's solar panel array is CPS Energy's largest customer-owned solar array. In addition to the 400-kilowatt array, there is a 255 Watt array managed by students through the ...

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400 kW Parking Canopies: North Parking Lot & Housing 5

  • Stockton University (NJ)

Parking canopies (400 kW).The College was awarded $3,464,599 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Stockton's project was one of seven approved State-wide ...

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394 kW - 5 Roof Mounted Installations

  • Berkshire Community College (MA)
  • Ostrow Electrical Company (MA)

Installation of Photovoltaic Solar Systems totaling 896kW at the following facilities: Berkshire Community College, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, Greenfield Community College, DEP Mass. Recycling, and Westfield State University ...

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385 kW Solar Parking Canopy

  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)
  • Meridian Solar (TX)

The 1,638-panel installation covers approximately 28,732 square feet of space, equivalent to half a football field. At the time of completion, the carport-style installation was the second largest ...

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370 kW Rooftop Arrays (5 Buildings)

  • Massasoit Community College (MA)
  • Ostrow Electrical Company (MA)

Massasoit received five roof mounted solar arrays on the Brockton Campus, and its 370 kW system is the largest solar installation of the “PV East” project. The solar panels are ...

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370 kW Rooftop Array: ReCAP Building

  • Princeton University (NJ)

In November 2009, crews began installing more than 5,000 photovoltaic panels covering 53,000 square feet of the roof of the ReCAP building. The arrays will have the capacity ...

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357 kW Canopy Arrays: N-Deck and West Broad St. Deck Parking Garages

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)
  • Johnson Controls, Inc (WI)

VCU Energy Management installed a 710 PV panel array on the N-Deck parking garage on the MCV Campus. This array will help VCU have an annual energy savings of 184 ...

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355 kW Rooftop Arrays: ACC Energy Project

  • Austin Community College (TX)
  • Texas Solar Power Company (TX)
  • Jamail & Smith Construction (TX)

ACC won a $2 Mil competitive grant project ($1.6 Mil Federal grant and $400K ACC’s matching fund), which was funded through the stimulus (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ...

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350 kW Rooftop Array: Brotman Hall

  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)
  • SPG Solar (CA)

Photovoltaic (PV) solar power panels, measuring approximately 4’ x 8’ and weighing 107 pounds each, have been installed on the roof of Brotman Hall as part of an incentive program ...

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346 kW Rooftop Arrays: Yolo Hall and Acker Gym

  • California State University, Chico (CA)
  • SunEdison

Solar panels installed on the roofs of Yolo Hall and Acker Gym began supplying power to the University in 2006, thanks to a partnership with SunEdison, the nation’s largest ...

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342 kW Rooftop Array: Aquatic Center

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

The array consists of 2,856 PV modules, each one containing 72 multicrystalline silicon solar cells connected in series. Each module can produce 120W of DC electrical power from an ...

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342 kW Rooftop Array: Allied Health Building

  • North Shore Community College (MA)

The Health Professions & Student Services Building was designed to incorporate the 1088 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the main roof of the building and on walkway canopies in the ...

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320 kW Rooftop Array: Knight Management Center

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Solar City (MD)

The south-slanting roofs on the Knight Management Center feature solar paneling that will compensate for 12.5 percent of the complex’s electric power. In all, the center will house ...

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302 kW Canopy Arrays: Bass Center

  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (TX)
  • SunDurance Energy (NJ)

UT Southwestern received a $2 million federal grant to place solar panels in the open parking lot at the Bass Center, which will save an estimated 406,281 kilowatt-hours – the ...

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301 kW Canopy Tracking Array

  • Foothill-De Anza Community College District System Office (CA)
  • Chevron Energy Solutions (CA)

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District, has completed the installation of more than 780 kilowatts of solar electric and energy-efficient cogeneration projects at both Foothill and De Anza colleges, including ...

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300 kW Rooftop Arrays: Health & Physical Education Buildings

  • California State University, San Bernardino (CA)
  • SunEdison

CSUSB first introduced renewable energy production to the San Bernardino campus in August 2007 with the installation of 320 kW in two roof-top photovoltaic (PV) arrays. In September 2010, two ...

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300 kW Solar Field (3 Acres)

  • Cochise College (AZ)
  • SPG Solar (CA)

Located between the baseball field and the service entrance, the project is a collaboration with Eternax Solar, SPG Solar and APS. It is expected to generate 720,000 kilowatts of ...

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300 kW Rooftop Arrays: 4 Campus Buildings

  • Point Loma Nazarene University (CA)
  • Solar Power Partners

SPG Solar installed photovoltaic systems on four campus buildings totaling 357 kilowatt (kW) DC (300kW AC). PLNU is the first San Diego university to install a large-scale PV system and ...

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300 kW Rooftop Arrays: Salazar Hall, Physical Education Building, Fine Arts Building

  • California State University, Los Angeles (CA)
  • SunEdison

Solar panels were mounted on the rooftops of the Salazar Hall, Physical Education, and Fine Arts buildings as part of the CSU Statewide Photovoltaic (PV) Initiative. Helping to eliminate about ...

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300 kW Rooftop Array: Bunn Intercultural Center (Offline)

  • Georgetown University (DC)

The 300 kW Bunn Intercultural Center solar PV array was installed in 1984, and by 2013 was the longest running installation of its scale at any college campus in the ...

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277 kW Rooftop Array: Grosman Sports and Convocation Center

  • Brandeis University (MA)
  • RGS Energy (CO)

The university partnered with Alteris Renewables (now RGS Energy) to develop one of the largest solar arrays in Massachusetts. Alteris will provided the design, engineering and installation for this 277kW ...

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269 kW Rooftop Arrays (5 Buildings)

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)
  • Ostrow Electrical Company (MA)

Photovoltaic solar systems at UMass Dartmouth were installed on five buildings: Evergreen, Hickory, Ivy and Willow residence halls, and the Tripp Athletic Center. Construction for the majority of these projects ...

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262 kW Solar Parking Canopies

  • Glendale Community College (CA) (CA)
  • Chevron Energy Solutions (CA)

Glendale Water & Power, Glendale Community College and Chevron Energy Solutions have completed a 262 kW solar electric project in Glendale, Calif. The system, situated atop parking canopies on the ...

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250 kW Solar Canopies

  • College of Marin (CA)

Construction and installation of energy producing photovoltaic shade structures, costing nearly $3 million, was completed on the physical education building. The 16 steel canopies, measuring nearly 30 feet by 30 ...

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248 kW Rooftop Array: Scot Center

  • The College of Wooster (OH)
  • Carbon Vision LLC (OH)

The Scot Center is topped by a 20,000-square-foot solar array — the largest on any college facility in the country at the time of installation. The array produces 271,000 ...

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245 kW Rooftop Arrays (4 Buildings)

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)
  • Ostrow Electrical Company (MA)

Photovoltaic solar systems at UMass Lowell were installed on four buildings: Dugan, Leitch, and Bourgeois residence halls, and Costello gymnasium. Construction for the majority of these projects began in the ...

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242 kW Solar Carport

  • Copper Mountain College (CA)
  • Chevron Energy Solutions (CA)

Baker Commercial Solar installed the complete 242 kW solar PV system consisting of carport solar shade structures, electrical equipment concrete pad, lighting, inverter-direct PV monitoring and metering communication, and power ...

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240 kW Ground Mount Array

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (FL)

Ground mount, single-axis tracking on 1 acre. PV Panel Type: (768) ASE (Schott) 300 watt PV panels. Inverter Type: (8) Xantrex 30 kW inverters

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235 kW Carport Canopy: West Campus Lot

  • Santa Barbara City College (CA)

SBCC installed a 235 kW solar array over the west parking lots. This system will simultaneously generate solar power, shade cars, and decrease the heat island effect associated with dark ...

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225 kW Parking Canopy Arrays

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

The 225-kilowatt array is hoisted on canopies over parking lots. Completed in 2005, the total project cost was $1.9 million before being offset by $1.2 million in incentives ...

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224 kW Rooftop Array: Crescent Residence Hall

  • Quinnipiac University (CT)

More than 800 photovoltaic solar panels, installed atop the Crescent Residence Hall, will generate an estimated 232, 000 kilowatt hours annually. The University received a portion of the funding for ...

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210 kW Rooftop Array: McComb Fieldhouse

  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA)

On November 2, 2011, the massive solar array along Scot Road was unveiled. The array is a $1.16 million solar power generating system, capable of producing 227,000 kilowatt ...

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200 kW Rooftop Array: Holliston Parking Structure

  • California Institute of Technology (CA)
  • Solar Power Partners

Roof (Holliston/ 200 kW). PV Panel Type: (1,200) Suntech STP 170S-24/Ab-1 170 watt PV panels, custom space frame mounting. Inverter Type: Satcon inverter.

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200 kW Canopy Array: Second Street Garage

  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • APS Energy Services (AZ)

The solar panels atop the Second Street Garage are the first and most visible component of an initiative to make the UA campus eco-friendly. The Second Street Garage panels were ...

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191 kW Solar Parking Canopy

  • Pierce College (CA)
  • Chevron Energy Solutions (CA)

The solar electric system and ten natural gas-powered microturbines will generate approximately 4.4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, enough to power 600 homes. The solar panels and microturbines ...

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185 kW Rooftop and Canopy Array: South Texas Research Facility

  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (TX)
  • Texas Solar Power Company (TX)

The solar panels connected to the STRF complements the cutting edge research occurring in this facility and consist of 416 panels on the roof and 342 panels on the carport ...

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182 kW Solar Ground Mount

  • Deep Springs College (CA)
  • PowerLight Corporation (CA)

In California, PowerLight Corporation has installed a 182-kilowatt system at Deep Springs College in Bishop, CA.

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178 kW Solar Farm

  • Los Angeles Mission College (CA)

Located on the roof area of Parking Structure A, which was completed in June 2007, Los Angeles Mission College's (LAMC) newly completed project was fitted with a photovoltaic farm ...

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175 kW Rooftop Array: Engineering West

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)
  • SunEdison

976 solar photovoltaic modules configured in 9 arrays, with the capacity to generate 175 kWdc of peak power and 252,211 kilowatt hours of energy per year, installed by SunEdison ...

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175 kW Rooftop Array: World Huizenga Center

  • Broward College (FL)
  • Advanced Roofing, Inc. (FL)
  • Advanced Green Technologies (FL)

United Solar, a manufacturer of building-integrated and rooftop photovoltaics, has installed its BIPV product at Junior Achievement of South Florida's JA World Huizenga Center at Broward College in Coconut ...

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160 kW Rooftop Array: Applied Research and Development Building

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Sustainable Features of the Applied Research and Development Building include a 160-kilowatt photovoltaic system donated by Arizona Public Service (APS), which provides up to 20 percent of the electricity for ...

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152 kW Rooftop Arrays: Engineering Building and University Center

  • University of Texas at San Antonio (TX)

The installation of distributed solar energy resources across the 1604 UTSA campus was a collabortive effort by the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, UTSA College of Engineering, Southwest Research Institute ...

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148 kW Rooftop Array: Marsh Hall

  • Salem State University (MA)
  • Ostrow Electrical Company (MA)

Salem State installed a 148 kW solar PV system using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Marsh Hall features solar panels on green roofs that are completely covered ...

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138 kW Rooftop Arrays: Cliffs Cottage and Lay Physical Activities Center

  • Furman University (SC)

Furman's commitment to sustainable operations extends to finding ways to create renewable energy on campus. University installations of solar photovoltaic panels total 138 kw, with installations near Cliffs Cottage ...

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133 kW Rooftop Array: Lake St. Parking Garage

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Bella Energy (CO)

Roof/ Canopy (Parking Garage: Roof fixed-tilt array, 10 degree tilt). PV Panel Type: (564) Sharp 235 watt PV panels. Inverter Type: (1) Satcon PowerGate 135 kW inverter.

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133 kW Rooftop Array: Recreation Center

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The UCSB Recreation Center utilizes electricity produced by a 133 kW solar energy system and was designated by Southern California Edison as a “Zero Net Energy Demonstration Showcase” because of ...

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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
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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
Business Affiliate