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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20 kW Rooftop Array: Bunker Interpretive Center

  • Calvin College (MI)

The Bunker Interpretive Center includes a 20 kW photovoltaic array for generating electricity from sunlight

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20 kW Rooftop Array: Shiprock South Campus Building

  • Dine College (AZ)

Diné College installed its first solar project, a 20 kilowatt-photovoltaic array, on the rooftop of its Shiprock, NM building in October 2010. The solar photovoltaic panels will help offset the ...

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20 kW Rooftop Array: Laker Turf Building

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

The 138,000 square foot Laker Turf Building on GVSU's Allendale campus opened its doors in 2008. Green features include a 20 KW rooftop photovoltaic system and a solar ...

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20 kW Rooftop Array: Jewett Center for Performing Arts

  • Westminster College - Missouri (MO)

Westminster was the first college campus in Utah with on-site solar. Thanks to assistance from Rocky Mountain Power's Blue Sky Block Grant program, the College has three systems generating ...

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19 kW Rooftop Array: Engineering Building

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

Roof (Engineering Building: Roof fixed-tilt array, 40 degree tilt).Utility appetite for RECs and available incentives have dried up. Short term, no plans. Long term CSU remains hopeful for future ...

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19 kW Rooftop Parking Garage

  • University of Texas Medical Branch (TX)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)

The State Energy Conservation Office, through its Renewable Energy Demonstration Program awarded $50,000 to UTMB for the installation of a photovoltaic (solar) lighting system for the parking garage on ...

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17 kW Rooftop Arrays: Day Hall and Cornell Store

  • Cornell University (NY)

In December 2006, workers completed the installation on the roof of Day Hall of solar panels. The system was turned on and began feeding power into the university power grid ...

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17 kW Roof and Ground Mount Array: Lincoln Theatre

  • University of Hartford (CT)
  • RGS Energy (CO)

A combination of photovoltaic solar panels on the roof and in front of Lincoln Theater provides 18% of the building’s electrical needs. The ground mounted array is monitored by ...

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16 kW Rooftop Array: Behavioral Sciences Building

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

Roof (Behavioral Sciences Building: Roof fixed-tilt array, 40 degree tilt). PV Panel Type: (90) BP Solar 175 watt PV panels. Inverter Type: (2) SMA Sunny Boy inverters.

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16 kW Rooftop Array: Santee Cooper

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)
  • OneWorld Sustainable (GA)

The SCPSA system consists of 16 kW of utility grid connected PV. It was installed by One World Sustainable of Savannah, GA.

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15 kW Rooftop Array: Watson Lab

  • California Institute of Technology (CA)

Roof (Watson Lab/ 15 kW). PV Panel Type: (72) Sharp ND-224U1F 224 watt solar PV panels, customized RapidRack mounting. Inverter Type: Sunny Boy SB7000US inverters.

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15 kW Rooftop Array: Fluor-Daniel Engineering Innovation Building

  • Clemson University (SC)
  • Sundance Power Systems Inc (NC)

A 14.95 kilowatt grid-tied solar electric system graces the roofline of Clemson’s Fluor-Daniel Engineering Innovation Building. Consisting of 115 Kyocera 130 watt modules and three Sunnyboy 6000 inverters ...

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15 kW Rooftop Array: Student Townhouse

  • Fairfield University (CT)

The project has been funded by a $100,000 grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation awarded in January 2000, and a recent $10,000 grant from United Illuminating. The ...

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15 kW Sidewalk Canopy: Landscape Architecture Building

  • Mississippi State University (MS)
  • Tennessee Valley Authority (TN)

The 15 kW solar PV array is built as a canopy structure between the Landscape Architecture Facility and the Ammerman-Hearnsburger Building, and provides cover for the walkway between the buildings ...

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15 kW Rooftop Array: Patterson Hall

  • Southern Methodist University (TX)
  • Axium Solar (TX)

SMU installed its 68-panel solar array on a low roof adjacent to the University’s central plant where it produces about 81 kilowatt hours of electricity on an average, sunny ...

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15 kW Rooftop Array: Sustainable Technology Classroom

  • University of Hawaii Maui College (HI)

Sitting on the roof of the sustainable technology classroom building, the solar energy system is made up of 84 photovoltaic panels that feed the campus grid. The university estimates that ...

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15 kW Rooftop Array: Ralph Rapson Hall

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

On the roof of Ralph Rapson Hall, three 24-panel arrays of photovoltaic solar panels provide electricity to the building. The 15 kW system was formerly on the Science Museum in ...

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15 kW Rooftop Arrays: Student Recreation Center and Erb Memorial Union

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Roofs (2: Student Recreation Center/ 12 kW, Erb Memorial Union/ 3 kW).Student Recreation Center and Erb Memorial Union: The Ecological Design Center (EDC), a student organization, was awarded a ...

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15 kW Rooftop Array: Bolton Hall

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

This 74 panel solar energy installation is a perfect example of using the campus as a living laboratory. The drive behind this installation is research being conducted by UWM’s ...

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14 kW Rooftop Array: Science and Engineering Building

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

New, thin-film solar panels were installed on the roof of a new Science and Engineering Building at UCCS. The total cost of the 13.6 kWh system is estimated at ...

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14 kW Ground Mount Array: Dexter Library and President's House

  • Northland College (WI)

Northland’s Dexter library was renovated in 2008 and was one of the first LEED Gold certified buildings in Wisconsin. Sustainability Features include a 14kW photovoltaic solar array on the ...

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14 kW Rooftop Array: Library

  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (WI)

Beyond the technical and economic advantages of the solar electric system, students and staff gain a source of well being, knowing that their campus is committed to a clean, green ...

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13 kW Rooftop Array: Academic Village

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

Roof (Academic Village: Roof fixed-tilt array, 40 degree tilt).Utility appetite for RECs and available incentives have dried up. Short term, no plans. Long term CSU remains hopeful for future ...

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13 kW Rooftop Array: Hayden Library

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Zapotec Energy (MA)

The library roof was selected for the solar installation by the Department of Facilities for its southern exposure. The 12,000-watt system on the library's roof is comprised of ...

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12 kW Rooftop Array: Hassayampa Academic Village - Mojave Hall

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

Hassayampa Academic Village (HAV) focuses on the goals of creating an integrated, self-contained academic and residential community with classrooms, computer labs, tutorial spaces, residential dining, and retail venues. HAV is ...

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12 kW Rooftop Array: Jarecki Center

  • Aquinas College (MI)

The Jarecki Center, located on the Aquinas College campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was constructed with a large array of Photovoltaic (PV) panels on the south facing roof. This link ...

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12 kW Rooftop Array: S. Craig Street

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Thanks to an $88,000 Energy Harvest grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the renovation at 407 S. Craig Street includes a photovoltaic (PV) energy system. This rooftop ...

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12 kW Ground Mount Array: Pewaukee Campus

  • Waukesha County Technical College (WI)

With financial assistance from We Energies and Focus on Energy, WCTC installed a solar photovoltaic electrical generation system at the Pewaukee Campus to provide electrical energy to the college and ...

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12 kW Rooftop Array: Davis Campus Building No. 2

  • Weber State University (UT)

Weber State’s Davis Campus building number two is equipped with a roof-top solar array. The installation is part of a larger conservation project taken on by the University in ...

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10 kW Array: Solar Shingles on Student Apartment Complex Community Center

  • Oakland University (MI)

In the spring of 2003, OU installed a 10kW photovoltaic demonstration project on the new student apartment complex at 4000 Meadowbrook Drive. The system uses 550 building integrated PV shingles ...

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10 kW Rooftop Array: Park Residence Hall

  • Connecticut College (CT)

In 1999, a 10kW array of solar panels was installed on a residence hall at Connecticut College to offset the power required by a boiler plant that was installed that ...

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10 kW Canopy Array: Institute of Texan Cultures

  • University of Texas at San Antonio (TX)

The sunlight gathered from the solar arrays is converted into electricity, generating up to 10 kilowatts -- enough to power three average homes during optimal weather conditions. The electricity produced by ...

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10 kW Rooftop Array: Science Center

  • Colorado Mesa University (CO)

The solar installation is a 10 kW Photovoltaic System with 64 155-watt panels. It is projected there will be a $100,000 energy savings over the 25-year warranty period for ...

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10 kW Rooftop Array: Robertson Lodge

  • Hartwick College (NY)

The Robertson Lodge at Hartwick’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus boasts a 10-kW photovoltaic system which provides on average about half of the building’s electricity over the course of ...

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10 kW Ground Mount Arrays

  • James Madison University (VA)

Solar panels - 225 of them installed near the College of Integrated Science and Technology - are helping power the ISAT building and providing study opportunities for students. The panels contribute about ...

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10 kW Rooftop Array: Engineering Building

  • Lawrence Technological University (MI)

Lawrence Technological University (LTU), located in Southfield, Michigan, received a grant in 2004 from the Energy Office of Michigan’s Department of Labor & Economic Growth to install and demonstrate ...

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10 kW Ground Mount: Facilities Services Building

  • Long Island University (NY)

Long Island University began powering its Facilities Services building with a 10 kilowatt solar generating system. The photovoltaic panels, ground-mounted on a 700-square-foot pad, help provide the energy for the ...

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10 kW Solar Pavilion

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Irish Construction Co (MI)

Thanks in large part to a grant from the Energy Office of the state of Michigan’s Department of Consumer and Industry Services, Michigan State University has installed it’s ...

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10 kW Rooftop Array

  • Middle Tennessee State University (TN)

MTSU renewable energy projects include a solar array for power generation, solar-powered fans, and power-generating exercise equipment in the Recreation Center.

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10 kW Rooftop Array: Engineering Building

  • University of Detroit Mercy (MI)

The College of Engineering & Science at the University of Detroit Mercy installed a 10-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on the roof of the Engineering Building. The system was partially funded ...

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10 kW Rooftop Array: McKee Hall

  • University of Northern Colorado (CO)

UNC has invested in a small 10kw solar array on top of McKee Hall. This was installed fall of 2008 and the cost was offset with an Xcel energy rebate ...

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10 kW Rooftop Arrays: Student Housing & Admissions Building

  • Wesleyan University (CT)
  • RGS Energy (CO)

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installations are located at 19 Fountain Avenue (7.2 kW, installed 2008), and Admissions (3 kW, installed 2008).

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9 kW Rooftop Array: Venable Hall

  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MA)

The 9-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system is made up of 30 solar modules manufactured by RWE Schott Solar of Billerica, Mass. These modules are expected to remain functional for 30 ...

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9 kW Rooftop Array: Dairy Farm

  • University of Delaware (DE)

The solar panels are part of a 9.2-kilowatt system that has the potential to produce an estimated 11,000 kilowatt hours per year. The system is monitored to see ...

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9 kW Rooftop Array: Lewis Hall

  • University of Redlands (CA)

The building utilizes energy efficient design and a small photovoltaic array which generates a total of 9.4 kW. The space frame over the courtyard is designed to support additional ...

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9 kW Rooftop Array: Visitor Center

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The Visitor Center (previously the McKay Natural Awareness Center) was constructed in 1977, with a 16,000-square foot addition built in 2001. Solar thermal panels provide 40 percent of the ...

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8 kW Rooftop Array: Student Center

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Zapotec Energy (MA)

Solar panels are installed at the MIT Museum (N52) and at the Student Center. Those panels generate a combined total of 11,500 kilowatt hours.

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8 kW Ground Mount Array: Energy Demonstration Center

  • Northwestern Michigan College (MI)

The solar system was made possible by a $60,000 grant from the State of Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth (DLEG) Energy Office, along with additional support from ...

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8 kW Rooftop Array: Technology Center

  • Salt Lake Community College (UT)

The 8 kw roof-mounted, grid tied PV system was completed in April 2009. The system consists of forty-eight 175 Watt Sharp PV modules and 48 Enphase micro-inverters that convert the ...

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8 kW Rooftop Array: Administration and Classroom Building

  • Thomas College (ME)

The first solar photovoltaic (PV) system was installed on the roof of the main administration and classroom building. This is an 8.3 kilowatt grid-tied system with 44 panels. Total ...

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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.

Benchmarking Data

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Energy Partners

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.

Ameresco, Inc.

Framingham, MA
Business Supporter

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
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Strategic Energy Innovations

San Rafael, CA
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Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Sun Charge Systems

Cleveland, AL
Business Affiliate