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

10 kW 100-foot Wind Generator

  • Goshen College (IN)

On Oct. 4 2005, contractors installed a 10-kilowatt wind generator at Goshen College’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center that will generate up to 20 percent of the facility’s ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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10 kW 90-foot Wind Turbine

  • Macalester College (MN)

On a breezy day in late April 2003, months of work came to fruition. A wind turbine, located near the football field on the Macalester College campus in residential St ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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10 kW Wind Turbine at the Material Recovery Center

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Installed in 2005, our 10 kW (kilowatt) wind turbine provides electricity to the nearby Material Recovery Center, powering lights and machinery. The Middlebury turbine has been providing approximately 15% of ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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10 kW 42-foot Wind Turbine

  • Montana State University - Billings (MT)

A 42-foot, 10-kilowatt wind turbine was installed on the MSU Billings Campus. The turbine, designed by Taisei Techno Co. of Japan, is used by faculty and students the MSU Billings ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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10 kW Wind Turbine

  • Nicolet Area Technical College (WI)

Nicolet College's commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability is also evident in the community. The college works with local partners on stewardship projects and other efforts. Additionally, the Rhinelander ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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10 kW Three-Blade Wind Turbine

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)

Power from the 10-kilowatt, three-blade wind turbine is being transmitted to the campus power grid. The project is funded by Rensselaer and NYSERDA. The wind turbine is attached to an ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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10 kW Wind Turbine

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The University of Vermont has installed a small-scale, 10 kilowatt wind turbine on its campus near the corner of Main Street and East Avenue to serve a variety of educational ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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8 kW 120-Foot Wind Turbine

  • James Madison University (VA)

JMU has a 120-foot tall addition to East Campus that may help students learn a thing or two about alternative energy. Baker Renewable Energy installed a wind turbine in the ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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7 kW Rooftop Wind Turbines (seven 1 kW installations)

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Washington University in St. Louis added seven turbines on top of a renovated building in a historic district and making them an architectural feature by illuminating them at night. The ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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6 kW Wind Turbines at Renewable Energy Research Facility

  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SD)

The Black Hills Power Renewable Energy Research Facility includes one 20 kW ReDriven wind turbine, one 2.4 kW SkyStream 3.7 wind turbine. The facility, funded through a $90 ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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5 kW Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

  • Cape Cod Community College (MA)

A large solar farm, several smaller photovoltaic arrays and an innovative wind energy project installed on the college's West Barnstable campus are expected to save more than $100,000 ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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5 kW 30-foot Vertical Axis Rooftop Wind Turbine

  • Wayne State University (MI)

Wayne State University erected a Franklin Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT), the first small wind energy turbine of its kind in North America -- atop the university's Engineering Technology Building ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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4 kW Wind Turbine Demonstration Project

  • Calvin University (MI)

The Calvin College Renewable Energy Organization received a $6000 grant from the State of Michigan to build a small demonstration wind turbine on Calvin’s Campus. With the support of ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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4 kW 60-foot Wind Turbine

  • John Brown University (AR)

John Brown University is erecting a wind turbine on campus to provide another level of hands-on experience for students studying renewable energy. The wind turbine will be tied directly to ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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4.3 kW Ball Hall Rooftop Wind Turbines

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)

A fourth wind turbine capable of producing 2 kilowatts (kW) of electricity has recently been added on the roof of Ball Hall in the North Campus. This brings the total ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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4 kW Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

The newest addition to the Notre Dame campus skyline, demonstrating the University’s commitment to renewable energy, was mounted on the roof of the Notre Dame power plant. The turbine ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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3 KW Proven Wind Turbine

  • Lakeshore Technical College (WI)

The Proven is part of the Innovative Drive Train Design for Small Wind Turbines project. LTC's smallest wind turbine was installed to research and test the electronic components at ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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2 60-foot Wind Turbine

  • Baldwin Wallace University (OH)

60-foot wind turbine on Baldwin-Wallace College’s campus can generate enough power to sustain a small business or home. Dovetail Solar and Wind of Cleveland assembled the structure.

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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2 kW Skystream 3.7 Wind Turbine on a 45-foot Monopole Tower

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

WISE is a residential size demonstration system developed to generate electricity from wind and solar energy. The system is located on the Frostburg State University campus. WISE consists of a ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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2 kW Rooftop Wind Turbine Student Thesis Project

  • Kettering University (MI)

Perched on top of Kettering University's academic building, a seven-foot diameter wind turbine generates electricity for campus, allows students to do new hands-on research and helps prompt similar initiatives ...

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

  • Montana State University (MT)

Montana State University is now home to a working wind turbine, thanks to a crew of students, faculty, staff and volunteers who hoisted the 50-foot-tall tower into place Monday afternoon ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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2 kW 120-foot EW50 Wind Turbine

  • Owens Community College (OH)

Owens Community College is once again expanding its educational opportunities within the area of renewable energy by announcing the installation of the academic institution’s second wind turbine, Wednesday-Friday, Oct ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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2 kW Wind turbine installed at Penn State's Center for Sustainability

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

A 70-foot-tall wind turbine was installed Friday, July 22, at Penn State’s nine-acre Sustainability Experience Center. Serving as both a source of clean, renewable energy and a research tool ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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2 kW 37-foot Wind Turbine

  • University of Iowa (IA)

A UI Wind Turbine2.4kW wind turbine stretching approximately thirty-seven feet tall has been installed in front of the Madison Street Services Building. The turbine’s electrical wiring will be ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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2 kW Wind Turbine

  • Yukon College (YT)

Yukon College installed a 1.5 kW wind turbine and a 2 kW solar PV array in a hybrid green power system that is used as a demonstration facility.

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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1 kW Wind Turbine Hybrid System

  • Aurora College (NT)

Aurora College has installed a hybrid system to generate power for its own research institute. The system consists of a 1.4 kW photovoltaic array and a 850 watt wind ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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1 kW WINDSPIRE Vertical Wind Turbine

  • Edgecombe Community College (NC)

Edgecombe Community College installed a Windspire wind turbine in time for its Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 2010. The new installation contributes clean energy to the campus and helps ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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1.0 kW Bergey Wind Turbine

  • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (NM)

Installed on a 40-foot tower, off-grid, with a Trace power module/inverter and four (4) 350-amp/hour batteries set on campus to provide real-time actual learning from an electrical generating ...

  • Posted May 18, 2012
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463 kW Ground Mount Array: MacroTechnology Works - Parking Lot

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

Ground-mount parking canopy. MacroTechnology Works; ASU Research Park. Fixed. 1,595 panels 452.98 kWdc. PV Panel Type: Canadian Solar CS6X-P 290W, polycrystalline Inverter Type: Advanced Energy AE500TX (1)

  • Posted May 9, 2012
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2.3 MW Solar Field

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • SPG Solar (CA)

The array consists of 7,722 polycrystalline photovoltaic (PV) panels bolted to a ground-mounted tracking system and covers about 10 acres of agricultural land on the northwest corner of campus ...

  • Posted May 1, 2012
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325 kW Rooftop Array: Lewis Hall

  • Washington and Lee University (VA)
  • Secure Futures LLC (VA)
  • Solar Energy Solutions, LLC (KY)
  • Southern Energy Management (NC)

Two solar PV arrays were installed at Washington and Lee University in 2012. The larger of the two, an installation of 1,016 SunPower solar PV panels, is on the ...

  • Posted April 13, 2012
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120 kW Canopy Array: Parking Deck

  • Washington and Lee University (VA)
  • Standard Solar
  • Secure Futures LLC (VA)
  • Solar Energy Solutions, LLC (KY)

Two solar PV arrays were installed at Washington and Lee University in 2012. The smaller installation features 540 Sanyo solar PV panels rated at 119 kilowatts. It is installed on ...

  • Posted April 13, 2012
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102 kW Rooftop Array: Soka Performing Arts Center

  • Soka University of America (CA)

Soka’s existing sustainable practices include installation of solar panels and a green roof atop Soka Performing Arts Center to offset the energy usage.

  • Posted April 13, 2012
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38 kW Rooftop Array: University Office Plaza Building

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities completed installation of a 38.4 kilowatt solar array on the roof of the University Office Plaza Building (2221 University Avenue) in March 2012 ...

  • Posted April 4, 2012
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322 kW Solar Arrays: J.J. Pickle Research Campus

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • Jamail & Smith Construction (TX)

At the J. J. Pickle Research Campus (PRC) in north Austin, the system consists of two solar arrays. One is incorporated on top of a newly built carport structure alongside ...

  • Posted March 22, 2012
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196 kW Rooftop Array: Facilities Complex

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • Meridian Solar (TX)
  • Alpha Building Corporation (TX)

Meridian Solar installed approximately 200 kW of solar panels on the roof of FC3, at the University's Facility Complex. This solar project incorporates state-of-the-art solar panels from Solar World ...

  • Posted March 22, 2012
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28 kW Rooftop Mounts: Manor Parking Garage

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • Meridian Solar (TX)
  • Alpha Building Corporation (TX)

University of Texas at Austin's Manor Parking Garage is now solar powered. Three different types of solar panels provide shade to rooftop parking as well as valuable research data ...

  • Posted March 22, 2012
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2.1 Canopy Array: MW Parking Lot 59 at Rio Salado

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • NRG Energy, Inc (CA)
  • Strategic Solar Energy, LLC (AZ)

Ground mount parking canopy. Lot 59 PowerParasol. Fixed. 7,616 panels. 2,124 kWdc. 852 shaded parking spaces. PV Panel Type: Yingli 280 Watts Inverter Type: SATCON PowerGate Plus 500 ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2012
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1.6 MW Eastside Parking Structure Carport

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)

California State University Fullerton has a total solar capacity of 6,565 kilowatts. Five large projects make up this capacity, ranging from a 2010 installation of 600 kW to three ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2012
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1.6 MW Rooftop Array: Clayes Performing Arts Center

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)

California State University Fullerton has a total solar capacity of 6,565 kilowatts. Five large projects make up this capacity, ranging from a 2010 installation of 600 kW to three ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2012
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1.6 MW Kinesiology and Health Science Building

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)

California State University Fullerton has a total solar capacity of 6,565 kilowatts. Five large projects make up this capacity, ranging from a 2010 installation of 600 kW to three ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2012
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246 kW Ground Mount Array: University Services Building - Parking Lot 45

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)
  • NRG Energy, Inc (CA)

Ground mount parking canopy. University Services Building North Parking Lot 45. Fixed. 852 panels. 246.06 kWdc. PV Panel Type: Canadian Solar MaxPower CS6X-285P, CS6X-290P polycrystalline Inverter Type: Adv Energy ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2012
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215 kW Rooftop Array: Parking Structure 6 - University Towers

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)
  • NRG Energy, Inc (CA)

Parking structure canopy. University Towers Parking Structure (PS 6). Fixed. 744 panels. 214.86 kWdc. 84 shaded parking spaces. PV Panel Type: Canadian Solar MaxPower CS6X-285P, CS6X-290P polycrystalline Inverter Type ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2012
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166 kW Ground Mount Array: Parking Lot 59 East at Sun Devil Sports Performance

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)
  • NRG Energy, Inc (CA)

Ground mount parking canopy. Sun Devil Sports Performance Center. Fixed. 576 panels. 166.38 kWdc. 27 shaded parking spaces. PV Panel Type: Canadian Solar MaxPower CS6X-285P, CS6X-290P polycrystalline Inverter Type ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2012
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139 kW Rooftop Array: Barry M. Goldwater Center for Science & Engineering

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)
  • NRG Energy, Inc (CA)

Roof top mount. Goldwater Center. Fixed. 492 panels. 138.6 kWdc. PV Panel Type: Canadian Solar MaxPower CS6X-285P, CS6X-290P polycrystalline Inverter Type: Adv Energy PV Powered 100 (1)

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2012
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71 kW Rooftop Array: Biodesign A

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

This building is utilized for high tech laboratory and office space and is physically connected at all floor levels to Biodesign Institute-Building A. This building is the “Front Door” to ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2012
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69 kW Rooftop Array: Health Services

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)
  • NRG Energy, Inc (CA)

This project added approximately 20,000 square feet of new space and demolished the portion of the building that was built in 1954. Nearly 14,500 square feet of the ...

  • Posted Feb. 15, 2012
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66 kW Rooftop Array: Design South

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)
  • NRG Energy, Inc (CA)

Roof top mount. Design South Building. Fixed. 294 panels. 65.82 kWdc. PV Panel Type: Canadian Solar MaxPower CS6X-285P, CS6X-290P polycrystalline Inverter Type: Adv Energy PV Powered 50 (1)

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1.1 MW Solar Field (3 Acres)

  • West Valley College (CA)
  • SunPower Corp (CA)
  • Gilbane (RI)

The Solar Gateway Project is a 1.1-megawatt solar power system at the West Valley College campus, located in Saratoga, Calif. The system generates approximately one-third of West Valley College ...

  • Posted Feb. 6, 2012
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620 kW Rooftop and Carport Arrays

  • Point Loma Nazarene University (CA)

Two new solar systems were dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in November 2011 at PLNU. The new 620kW DC photovoltaic (PV) system and 54 kW solar thermal hot water system ...

  • Posted Feb. 6, 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
Business Affiliate