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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30 kW Rooftop Array: MAREC

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

The 25,000-square-foot MAREC office building has a 30-kilowatt solar roof system. Grand Valley State University's energy center in Muskegon will be selling renewable energy credits generated by the ...

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30 kW Rooftop Array: Harwood Arena

  • Kean University (NJ)

Harwood Arena has a 30 kW solar array that provides approximately 5% of electricity for the building. A solar array is also in place in the Maxine and Jack Lane ...

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30 kW Rooftop Array: Natural Sciences Building

  • Mills College (CA)

Photovoltaic panels on the roof of the LEED Platinum Natural Sciences Building provide 30 percent of the building's electrical needs.

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30 kW Rooftop Array: Netum Steed Physiology Research and Conditioning Laboratory

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The system has been installed on the roof of the Netum Steed Physiology Research and Conditioning Laboratory, which is visible from Kyle Field. This was strategically placed to give the ...

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30 kW Rooftop Array: Joe Crowley Student Union

  • University of Nevada, Reno (NV)
  • Black Rock Solar (NV)

Green features of the Joe Crowley Student Union include window shading, day lighting, a 30 kW solar photovoltaic system, as well as all of the elements of high efficiency-HVAC design ...

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30 kW Rooftop Array: Agricultural Experiment Station

  • University of Nevada, Reno (NV)

The 171 solar panels cover 3,000 square feet on the roof of the field lab’s greenhouse complex. In September 2010, the solar PV system began generating 30kw of ...

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29 kW Rooftop Array: Campus Center Building

  • Smith College (MA)
  • Community Energy, Inc. (PA)
  • Borrego Solar (MA)

The electricity produced by the 130 solar panels will be approximately equivalent to the power needed to run the Campus Center Café. Installed by Borrego Solar Systems Inc., the panels ...

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29 kW Rooftop Array: Campus Center Building

  • Milwaukee School of Engineering (WI)

MSOE’s 29-kilowatt photovoltaic array is composed of 144 Kyocera KD205GX-LP 205 watt PV modules. It translates this DC energy to grid quality AC power through the use of six ...

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28 kW Canopy Array: Children's Center Parking Lot

  • San Diego State University (CA)
  • Sullivan Solar Power (CA)

This is one of four sites installed by Sullivan Solar Power for SDSU. When SDSU decided to incorporate solar parking canopies into the construction of the Children's Center parking ...

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27 kW Solar Array: Lorusso Applied Technology Building

  • Cape Cod Community College (MA)

Solar energy collectors installed on the rooftop consist of 122 photovoltaic panels that generate 27 kilowatts of renewable energy.

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27 kW Rooftop Array: Library Shelving Facility

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

In July 2008, Williams College inaugurated the installation of a solar array at the college’s new library shelving facility at 835 Simonds Road. The new 26.88 kilowatt photovoltaic ...

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26 kW Solar Canopy: Blatt PE Center

  • University of South Carolina (SC)
  • OneWorld Sustainable (GA)

With the newly designed Recreational fields at USC's Blatt PE center, an opportunity arose to create covered viewing areas for these new fields on the existing pedestrian overpass which ...

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26 kW Rooftop Array: Coburg Hall

  • Concordia University Wisconsin (WI)

More than $170,000 in financial incentive and grant money was used to install a solar electric system on Concordia University's Mequon campus. The system is expected to generate ...

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26 kW Rooftop Array: Science and Applied Studies Building, Germantown Campus

  • Montgomery College (MD)

The College currently has 83 kW of solar photovoltaic electricity generation capacity and a 900 tube(evacuated) solar array. These generate approximately 160,000 kWh of electricity and 183,960 ...

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26 kW Rooftop Arrays: Molinaro Hall, Facilities Management Bldg, and Animal Care Facility

  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside (WI)

UW-Parkside installed three separate, highly visible solar electric systems across the campus. These three solar electric systems convert the sun's energy into more than 34,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable ...

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25 kW Rooftop Array at Roe Center

  • Central College (IA)

The Roe Center’s solar array is one of many sustainable design features at Central College. Conference guests are invited to tour the platinum LEED-rated Roe Center in a workshop ...

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25 kW Rooftop Array: Edith Gaylord Apartments

  • Colorado College (CO)

A 25kW array provides 23% of building electricity and upon its installation in 2008, was the largest in Colorado Springs.

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25 kW Rooftop Array: Science Center, Rockville Campus

  • Montgomery College (MD)

The College currently has 83 kW of solar photovoltaic electricity generation capacity and a 900 tube(evacuated) solar array. These generate approximately 160,000 kWh of electricity and 183,960 ...

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24 kW Rooftop Array: Center for Science and Engineering

  • Tacoma Community College (WA)

The new Science Building has a 24 KW Solar installation on the roof.

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24 kW Rooftop Array: Humanities and Social Sciences Buliding, Germantown Campus

  • Montgomery College (MD)

The College currently has 83 kW of solar photovoltaic electricity generation capacity and a 900 tube(evacuated) solar array. These generate approximately 160,000 kWh of electricity and 183,960 ...

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24 kW Rooftop Array: Sophia Gordon Hall

  • Tufts University (MA)
  • Solar Design Associates (MA)

23.8 kW Photovoltaic rooftop panels produce part of the electricity for Sophia Gordon Hall (funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative with matching funds from Tufts). The ...

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23 kW Solar Wall

  • Concordia University (QC)

The SolarWall® PV/T system at Concordia University is a 100 kW system that features 75 kW of thermal heating and 25 kW of PV. Three hundred and eighty-four custom ...

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23 kW Rooftop Array: Tyson Research Center

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Completed in 2009, the Living Learning Center is built to address Tyson's growing needs for research and teaching space, the Living Learning Center is also designed to meet the ...

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21 kW Wall and Rooftop Arrays: Mechanical Engineering Building and Merrill Hall

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The solar panel system at the Mechanical Engineering Building was made possible by donations from the Seattle City Light Green Power Program, the UW Student Technology Fee, and UW Facilities ...

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21 kW Rooftop Array: Meldrum Science 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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21 kW Rooftop Array: Bratton Tennis Center

  • Whitman College (WA)
  • Ecotech Solar (WA)

In September 2009, a 21kW photovoltaic solar array was installed on Whitman’s Bratton Tennis Center roof. The solar equipment represents future savings in energy costs, demonstrates Whitman’s commitment ...

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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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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

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.

Ameresco, Inc.

Framingham, MA
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American Council on Renewable Energy

Washington, DC
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Celtic Energy, Inc.

Glastonbury, CT
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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
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Energy Systems Group (ESG)

Newburgh, IN
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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
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SolGreen Solutions

Alexandria, VA
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Strategic Energy Innovations

San Rafael, CA
Business Affiliate
Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Sunbolt

Willow Grove, NY
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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
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