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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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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8 kW Rooftop Array: Eccles Health, Wellness & Athletic Center,

  • 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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7 kW Rooftop Array: University Memorial Center

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Roof, fixed-tilt array (UMC: University Memorial Center). Student-funded.

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7 kW Canopy Array: Blackburn-McMurray Outdoor Intramural Sports Complex

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

Located on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, the solar photovoltaic system is built right next to the concession stand at Blackburn-McMurray Outdoor Intramural Sports Complex. The ...

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7 kW Rooftop Array: Morley Science Center

  • Williams College (MA)
  • Berkshire Photovoltaic Services (MA)

A 7.2 kw rooftop array was installed in 2004 at the Morley Science Center.

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6 kW Rooftop Array: Hannon Library

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

The 6-kilowatt PV system on Hannon Library consists of 24 solar panels connected together to send power that feeds directly into the City of Ashland's 3-phase power grid, at ...

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6 kW Rooftop Array: Facilities Building

  • Southern Utah University (UT)

The newly implemented 6kW photovoltaic system on the facilities building west of campus produces power through 175-watt monocrystalline photovoltaic panels that feed to two, 4500 watt inverters for the university ...

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6 kW Rooftop Array: Chancellor's Residence

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Unveiled in August 2008 is a six kilowatt solar PV "plug-n-play" integration at the Chancellor's home. It was installed by Namaste Solar Electric, and includes monitoring of solar production.

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6 kW Rooftop Array: Sterling Sill Center

  • University of Utah (UT)

While the building maintains its midcentury architecture, the solar panels on the roof, an experimental student garden complete with a weather station, a prototype Ice Ball cooling system and lounge ...

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6 kW Wall Mount: Steam Plant

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Crews installed a new 6.6-kilowatt solar panel array in August 2009 to help VCU offset about 7,000 metric tons of carbon gases each year. The work was done ...

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5 kW Solar Sidewalk Canopy

  • Florida Atlantic University (FL)

The Sidewalk is a model of future canopies for schools across the Sunshine State which protects children from rain while also producing electricity and avoiding 175 tons of carbon dioxide ...

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5 kW Rooftop Array: Oshtemo Cottage at the Mary Lea Environmental Learning Center

  • Goshen College (IN)

An array of photovoltaic panels, mounted on the collegiate Oshtemo Cottage at the Mary Lea Environmental Learning Center's south-facing roof, powers 13-15% of the buildings’ electrical needs. On a ...

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5 kW Rooftop Arrays: Schewel Hall

  • Lynchburg College (VA)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)

A 5 kw photovoltaic (PV) panel has been installed on the roof of Schewel Hall. A TV screen has been installed in the atrium area of the building to display ...

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5 kW Ground Mount Arrays: Alumni House and Tennis Courts

  • Lyndon State College (VT)

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders visited the campus to announce a $32,000 U.S. Department of Energy grant for a 5-kilowatt solar power array on the Lyndon campus.The ...

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5 kW Rooftop Array: Admissions & Alumni Building

  • Seattle University (WA)

The Admissions & Alumni building's rooftop solar panels generate 3% of the building's electrical needs. The Student Center has solar panels mounted on a pole, the south wall ...

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5 kW Rooftop, Wall and Pole Mount Arrays: Student Center

  • Seattle University (WA)
  • Seattle City Light (WA)

Seattle University's solar electric installation was a joint effort between seniors in the School of Science and Engineering and the Facilities department. The students determined the best location for ...

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5 kW Rooftop Array: Shidler College of Business Complex

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business has begun installing a 4.5-kilowatt solar photovoltaic panel system on one of its towers over the winter break. The ...

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5 kW Rooftop Array: Cole Student Activities Center

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • Johnson Controls, Inc (WI)

A 5.25 kW photovoltaic solar array was installed on the roof of the Cole Student Activities Building in 2009. An interactive computer monitor was installed in the lobby of ...

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4 kW Ground Mount: Raley Lot

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Southern Energy Management (NC)

Employees with Southern Energy Management have installed a four kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system near Raley Hall on the Appalachian State University campus. The system will convert solar energy into approximately ...

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4 kW Rooftop Array: Science Center

  • Saint John's University (MN)

A modest solar array was added to the science center at Saint John's in 2008.

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4 kW Rooftop Array: Smith Hall

  • Drury University (MO)

Solar panels were installed on Smith Hall Dormitory.

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4 kW Ground Mount Array

  • Eastfield College - DCCCD (TX)

Eastfield College in Mesquite and Green Mountain Energy Company today unveiled the campus’ new solar array. It is the first photovoltaic (PV) solar system to power a school in the ...

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4 kW Solar Array

  • New River Community College (VA)

New River Community College – The Alternative Energy System includes 30 solar panels that feed generated power directly into power grid and serves as a learning resource for students in the ...

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4 kW Ground Mount Array: McLean Environmental Living and Learning Center

  • Northland College (WI)

The McLean Environmental Living and Learning Center, which opened in 1998. Sustainability Features include three photovoltaic solar arrays that provide efficient active solar energy collection.

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4 kW Rooftop Array: Innovation Center

  • Ohio University (OH)
  • Third Sun Solar (OH)

The first solar system installed at Ohio University was incorporated into the roof at the Innovation Center on West State Street, which opened in July 2003. The 4-kilowatt system makes ...

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4 kW Rooftop Array: Natural Science, Mathematics and College of Education Building

  • St. Petersburg College (FL)

St. Petersburg College installed its first photovoltaic system on the Clearwater campus in March 2010. The system generates power for the electrical grid, and is installed on the roof of ...

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4 kW Rooftop Array: Agriculture Extension Building

  • Utah State University (UT)

This 4.3 kilowatt solar installation on the rooftop of USU’s Agricultural Extension building is part of a larger preservation effort by the County. The project will provide educational ...

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3 kW Ground Mount Array: Frey Hall

  • Messiah College (PA)

A team of Messiah students spent designed a 3KW photovoltaic (PV) system. Solar Scholars installed the system behind Frey Hall in the spring semester of 2008 with Wohlsen Construction and ...

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3 kW Ground Mount: E3 House

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Sundance Power Systems Inc (NC)

The ASU E3 House is a prototypical dwelling designed and constructed for use in remote or disaster relief situations where electricity and access to public sanitation are unavailable. Originally built ...

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3 kW Ground Mount Arrays - 3 Installations

  • Bucknell University (PA)

In August, 2006 Bucknell hosted its first Solar Scholars workshop resulting in the installation of a 2.5 kilowatt solar array, which now serves as a power source for the ...

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3 kW Rooftop Array: Smart Home

  • Duke University (NC)

At the Smart Home, there is an array of 18, 160 watt photovoltaic panels which creates a ~3kW solar power station. The energy generated by the panels is connected to ...

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3 kW Rooftop Array: Dennis Hall

  • Earlham College (IN)

Green Science Group collaborates with Physics, Computer Science and Environmental Science on environmental projects. They have been responsible for a solar array and grid-tie system in Dennis Hall.

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3 kW Rooftop Array: Youngchild Hall

  • Lawrence University (WI)

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and in conjunction with its two-year Green Roots initiative, Lawrence University installed the campus’ first solar panel on the roof of ...

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3 kW Rooftop Arrays: West Green Chilled Water Plant and Chubb Hall

  • Ohio University (OH)
  • Third Sun Solar (OH)

The University commissioned a 2.4-kilowatt PV system at the West Green District Chilled Water Plant. The system consists of an awning-mounted array of 48 50-watt PV panels donated by ...

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3 kW Rooftop Array: Library

  • St. Mary's College of Maryland (MD)

St. Mary's College of Maryland has a 3kW solar photovoltaic array on the roof of the College’s library.

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3 kW Canopy Array: Tennis Courts Walkway

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

A photovoltaic array has been installed on a popular walkway adjacent to the campus tennis courts. The 2.9-kilowatt system slowly adjusts position to track the sun as it moves ...

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2 kW Solar Wall Mount

  • City Colleges of Chicago, Wilbur Wright College (IL)

Parking garage facade. Installed in Jul. 2007. PV Panel Type: Sharp NT180 Inverter Type: Sunny Boy SWR 1800U

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2 kW Pole Mount: Biofuels Facility on Ayers Lane

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Collaborative Biodiesel Project is a student-led initiative at Appalachian State University and was funded by the EPA P3 Award: "Student Design Competition for Sustainability" and the ASU Renewable Energy ...

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2 kW Rooftop Array: Kerr Scott Hall

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Two graduate students in Appalachian State’s Technology program installed this grid-tie system in 2007. Along with the building’s vegetative roof, the photovoltaic array provides students with research and ...

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2 kW Solar Farm

  • Austin Peay State University (TN)

The new solar array converts energy from the sun into electricity to power a nearby classroom on the site. Any excess energy produced goes to Clarksville Department of Electricity and ...

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2 kW Rooftop Array: Campus Crossings at Briarcliff

  • Emory University (GA)

An array of ten Schuco Solar photovoltaic (PV) modules has been installed on the roof of Campus Crossings at Briarcliff in Atlanta, Georgia. The solar panels will help power the ...

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2 kW Rooftop Demonstration: WISE Center

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

The Sustainable Energy Research Facility (SERF) is an energy-efficient, completely off-grid, "green" building energized by sun and wind power. The project added technical knowledge and experience in design and construction ...

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2 kW Ground Mount Array: Ecohouse

  • Ohio University (OH)
  • Dovetail Solar & Wind (OH)

The solar array at the OHIO Ecohouse was installed by Dovetail Solar & Wind and is a 2.4 kilo-watt system. It is a grid-tied photovoltaic array; which means that ...

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2 kW Ground Mount Array: Community Education and Wellness Center

  • Owens Community College (OH)

The 1.7-kilowat solar array will feature eight panels and be used for hands-on learning as well as to convert sunlight into electricity for regular operational purposes within the Community ...

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2 kW Rooftop Array

  • Roger Williams University (RI)

Roof, fixed array. Inverter Type: SMA SB2500U

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2 kW Solar Laboratory

  • St. Thomas University (FL)

The project was proposedby Dr. Alberto J. Varela, Associate Professor in the School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management. Dr. Varela wanted to create a Solar Station at STU as ...

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2 kW Rooftop Array

  • University of Rhode Island (RI)

Location: 401 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI Array Size: 2 kW

of Modules: 8 (300 Watts each)

Module Manufacturer: ASE Americas

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2 kW Rooftop Array: Viking Union

  • Western Washington University (WA)

A 2 kWh array at Viking Union Array, visible from the PAC Plaza. This array was donated by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, and WWU Facilities Management. A kiosk inside the ...

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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
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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
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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 Systems Group (ESG)

Newburgh, IN
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First American Education Finance

Fairport, NY
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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
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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
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