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.

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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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133 kW Canopy Array: Greenspun Hall

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

The louvered canopy at Greenspun Hall shades the courtyard and reduces solar gain on the building's facades and roofs is the most visible of the building's many environmentally ...

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125 kW Rooftop Array: Durango Building

  • University of Texas at San Antonio (TX)

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

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109 kW Rooftop Arrays: Wilson Hall and Bates Hall

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

2 roof mounted installations, 109kW, on Wilson Hall and Bates Hall.

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109 kW Solar Arrays: Wilson Hall and Bates Hall

  • Westfield State University (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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108 kW Rooftop Arrays: Trimpe Advanced Technology Center and National Great Rivers Research and Education Center

  • Lewis and Clark Community College (IL)

The college installed 108 kw of solar energy generating capacity at its Godfrey and National Great Rivers Research and Education Center campuses, an amount that is estimated to generate 140 ...

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106 kW Solar Parking Canopies

  • Creighton University (NE)

Completed in June 2010, with the assistance of funding from the US Department of Energy and the Omaha Public Power District, Creighton University generates approximately 120 kW of clean, renewable ...

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106 kW Rooftop Array: International Technology Education and Commerce Center

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)
  • Texas Southmost College (TX)

The Texas State Energy Conservation Office awarded the funding to the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College in August 2010 to support the installation of more than ...

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106 kW Rooftop Array: Learning Resource Center

  • Worcester State University (MA)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)

Ameresco, Inc. announced that it is working with the Massachusetts State Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to design, construct, finance, own, and operate solar power systems at five state facilities ...

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105 kW Rooftop Array: Agriculture and Science Building

  • Arizona Western College (AZ)

The college's solar panel installations began in 2009 with a roof top mount on the Agriculture and Science complex. This installation has an annual production of 180,000 kWH.

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104 kW Rooftop Array: Hartzler Library

  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)
  • Secure Futures LLC (VA)
  • Southern Energy Management (NC)

In fall 2010, working with Southern Energy Management (SEM) of Morrisville, NC, Staunton-based Secure Futures installed 328 high-efficiency photovoltaic panels on the roof of Eastern Mennonite University’s Hartzler Library ...

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101 kW Parking Canopy: Adam Joseph Lewis Environmental Center

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Solar Design Associates (MA)

A new solar parking pavilion has been constructed over the Adam J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies' existing parking lot with the purpose of supplying the remainder of the center ...

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100 kW Parking Canopy: Williams Village North Hall

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Includes a dashboard that provides real-time data in an effort to reduce energy use and promote sustainable practices throughout our community.

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100 kW Rooftop Arrays: Coors Events Center, Housing System Maintenance Center, Wolf Law Building

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • Bella Energy (CO)

Solar panels installed at the University of Colorado at Boulder on the roofs of the Coors Events/Conference Center, Housing System Maintenance Center and Wolf Law Building will produce 140 ...

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100 kW Solar Arrays: Haley Building

  • Mount Wachusett Community College (MA)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)

Originally, a 5 kWe photovoltaic array was installed to increase our energy security and reduce our dependance on electricity from the grid. Then, in the mid-2000s, the college began upgrading ...

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100 kW Rooftop Array: School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

  • Yale University (CT)

The School of Forestry & Environmental Studies’ newest building, Kroon Hall, is seeking carbon neutrality by incorporating several renewable energy technologies into the design of the building —passive solar, a ...

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98 kW Rooftop Array: Center for Community

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

98 kW array installed in 2011 with an annual estimated production of 140,000 kWh

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98 kW Rooftop Installations: McCarthy Student Center and Athletic Center

  • Framingham State University (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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95 kW Rooftop Array: Hiram Bradford Farmer Education Building

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Lafferty Electric Technologies (AZ)

Roof top mount. Farmer Building. Fixed. 434 panels. 95.48 kWdc. PV Panel Type: Trina Solar 220 watts Inverter Type: Satcon PowerGate Plus (100 Watt) (1)

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92 kW Rooftop Array: John W. Schwada Classroom Office Building

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Lafferty Electric Technologies (AZ)

Roof top mount. Schwada Classroom Office Bldg.: Fixed array. 392 panels. 92.12 kWdc. PV Panel Type: Trina Solar 235 watts Inverter Type: Satcon PowerGate Plus (50 Watt) (2)

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90 kW Rooftop Array: Center for Manufacturing Excellence

  • University of Mississippi (MS)

A renewable energy grant from the Mississippi Development Authority is helping the University of Mississippi's Center for Manufacturing Excellence lead the way in using solar power. The new center ...

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89 kW Rooftop Installations: Sanders Administration and Anthony Student Service Buildings

  • Fitchburg State University (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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82 kW Rooftop Array: Building 20

  • Springfield Technical Community College (MA)

Officials at three state colleges in Massachusetts were awarded Clean Renewable EnergyBonds (CREBs) from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to be used to erect photovoltaic (PV) solar-electric systems at ...

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80 kW Rooftop Array: Biodesign B

  • 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 ...

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77 kW Ground Mount Array

  • Greenfield 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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77 kW Rooftop Array: Frederick E. Berry Building

  • North Shore Community College (MA)
  • Ostrow Electrical Company (MA)

Working with the Mass Development Finance Agency, NSCC applied for federal funding for a 77 kW Solar PV installation. The $333,469 project includes $185,419 of ARRA funds as ...

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76 kW Ground Mount Array: Carter-Finley

  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • Southern Energy Management (NC)

The 75.6 kilowatt (kW) system, comprising 432 ground-mounted solar panels was dedicated in January 2008. Owned by Carolina Solar, the array was the largest in the state at the ...

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76 kW Rooftop Array: Salazar Hall

  • Sonoma State University (CA)

The solar array covering about 9,500 square feet of roof area of the former campus library generates 75 kilowatts of electricity -- enough energy to run about 80 average homes ...

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74 kW Rooftop Array: Norton Hall

  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • Chevron Energy Solutions (CA)

The system on top of Norton Hall is expected to produce 73,100 kilowatt hours annually, about six percent of the building's annual electrical power consumption.

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74 kW Rooftop Array: Wheatley Building

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

The sunlight that shines on the fourth-floor roof of Wheatley Hall is now providing clean, renewable energy to the building, saving University of Massachusetts Boston an anticipated $10,000 in ...

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71 kW Ground Mount Arrays: Aiken Solar Trackers (17)

  • University of Vermont (VT)

This project, supported by a $200,000 grant from the student-supported Clean Energy Fund, involved installation of 17 solar trackers on a highly visible portion of UVM land that is ...

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68 kW Rooftop Array: Atlantic Hall

  • Salem State University (MA)

In 2009, Salem State completed the installation of a 68 kW PV array on Atlantic Hall, a dormitory built in 2004 on a former industrial site. The PV system was ...

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61 kW Rooftop Array: Thomas McGee Building

  • North Shore Community College (MA)
  • Solar Design Associates (MA)

In February 2006, the NSCC Facilities department invited the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources to survey the college as a potential Solar Photovoltaic site. Working with several state agencies NSCC ...

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60 kW Rooftop Array: Business Administration A Wing

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

Roof top mount. Business Administration Building A-wing: Fixed system. 252 panels. 60.48 kWdc.QMA (qualified management agreement) or SSA (solar services agreement). PV Panel Type: Kyocera Polycrystalline 240 watts ...

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60 kW Rooftop Array: Huang Engineering Center

  • Stanford University (CA)

The Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center and the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering are the latest additions to Stanford’s state of the art facilities. BP Solar provided nearly 300 ...

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60 kW Rooftop Array: Synergy House

  • Stanford University (CA)

Synergy House cooperative members, who live near the top of San Juan Hill in a historic wood-frame mansion, had a nearly $30,000 windfall that they wanted to put toward ...

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59 kW Rooftop Array: Adam Joseph Lewis Environmental Center

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Key features of the building include solar panels on the roof.

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59 kW Rooftop Array: MLK Student Union

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

UC Berkeley's Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) and Graduate Assembly (GA) have voted almost unanimously to allocate sizable chunks of their budgets - 8.5 percent and ...

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58 kW Rooftop Array: Peterson Field House

  • University of Mount Union (OH)

Roof (Peterson Field House).The project is part of the $17.5 million renovation to the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (MAAC). It was made possible through an anonymous investor ...

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55 kW Rooftop Array: Eagle Learning Center

  • Eastern University (PA)
  • Community Energy, Inc. (PA)

An array of solar panels mounted on the roof of the Eagle Learning Center at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, is now producing clean energy and reducing the University ...

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55 kW Rooftop Array: Moser Hall

  • Youngstown State University (OH)
  • Carbon Vision LLC (OH)

Youngstown State University has a 55 kW solar PV system on the flat roof of Moser Hall. The system utilizes a racking system from Youngstown-based Northern States Metals. Wind tunnel ...

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54 kW Ground Mount Array: Research Innovation Center

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Ground-mount, fixed-tilt (30 degree tilt): Research Innovation Center.Utility appetite for RECs and available incentives have dried up. Short term, no plans. Long term CSU remains hopeful for future solar ...

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50 kW Rooftop Array: Colman Sports Center

  • Hiram College (OH)
  • Carbon Vision LLC (OH)

The Ohio Department of Development awarded Hiram College and its partner, Carbon Vision LLC, a grant for $165,728 for the installation of 234 solar panels on the Coleman Sports ...

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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

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Energy Partners

Ameresco, Inc.

Framingham, MA
Business Leader

Edison Energy

Irvine, CA
Business Leader

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.

American Council on Renewable Energy

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate

Carrier Class Green Infrastructure

Willow Grove, PA
Business Affiliate
The ConnecTable is a line of the most powerful solar charging stations on the market. Reimaginge your campuses space, reinforce your sustainability goals and reconnect students and faculty with the ConnecTable.

Celtic Energy, Inc.

Glastonbury, CT
Business Affiliate

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 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.

Sun Charge Systems

Cleveland, AL
Business Affiliate