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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Rooftop Array: Public Safety Education Campus

  • Wake Technical Community College (NC)

The panels will generate renewable electricity of more than 500,000 kilowatt hours each year, that Progress Energy has agreed to purchase for a fixed price over the next 20 ...

  • Posted April 10, 2013
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30-foot "Helix" Wind Turbine Installation

  • Indiana State University (IN)

The idea for a campus wind turbine grew out of the university's strategic plan as part of the Unbounded Possibilities Initiative and its offshoot, the Institute for Community Sustainability ...

  • Posted April 10, 2013
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6 kW Rooftop Array: Fire Department

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

The University Fire Station with help from a RISE grant installed a 3.2kW solar array in the summer of 2012. The energy is connected to the GVEA’s utility ...

  • Posted April 9, 2013
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2 kW 70-foot Wind Turbine

  • Western Illinois University (IL)

A small wind turbine was installed Dec. 6, 2012 at Western Illinois University to serve as a curriculum resource, while addressing sustainability goals of the University as part of the ...

  • Posted April 8, 2013
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40 kW Rooftop Array: Beck Hall

  • Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)

40 KW system installed by ABLE Energy, Inc. ReneSolar 250W panels. Donor funded.

  • Posted Feb. 22, 2013
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9 kW Rooftop Array: Olin Building

  • Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)

Three technologies side-by-side, all located on an accessible roof for student access. Donor funded. Installation by ABLE Energy, Inc of River Falls, WI: 1) TenK 180 Watt panels (RAIS system ...

  • Posted Feb. 22, 2013
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99 kW Rooftop Array: CCC 9 Building 8

  • Chemeketa Community College (OR)
  • InSpecGroup (OR)

The school installed four separate solar systems totaling more than 200 kilowatts of electrical capacity. The systems are mounted on the rooftops of buildings on their main campus in Salem ...

  • Posted Feb. 6, 2013
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32 kW Rooftop Array

  • Chemeketa Community College (OR)
  • InSpecGroup (OR)

The school installed four separate solar systems totaling more than 200 kilowatts of electrical capacity. The systems are mounted on the rooftops of buildings on their main campus in Salem ...

  • Posted Feb. 6, 2013
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18 kW Rooftop Array: Center for Business and Industry

  • Chemeketa Community College (OR)
  • InSpecGroup (OR)

The school installed four separate solar systems totaling more than 200 kilowatts of electrical capacity. The systems are mounted on the rooftops of buildings on their main campus in Salem ...

  • Posted Feb. 6, 2013
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Jones County Junior College Energy Conservation Program

  • Jones County Junior College (MS)

We have implemented a campus wide behavior based program along with the addition of electrical sub-metering and water/sewer irrigation advanced controls. We have also teamed with the U.S ...


21 kW Rooftop Array: Central Utility Plant

  • University of Houston (TX)

The new solar panel system is the first solar array to power a University of Houston building. The array’s 88 large photovoltaic (PV) solar panels cover 2,000 square ...

  • Posted Dec. 19, 2012
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38 kW Rooftop Array: Ackerman Union

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

The student-led project allowed UCLA Facilities Management to install 132 solar panels on the roof of the student-owned Ackerman Union. The panels began to supply about 2.5 percent of ...

  • Posted Dec. 13, 2012
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3 kW Pole Mount Solar Arrays

  • Bryn Mawr College (PA)

In 2012, the colle installed its first solar panels. The large 12 panel set has a maximum power of 2820 watts and a smaller 2 panel set has the potential ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2012
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270 kW Ground Mount: Gammage Parkway - Phase 2 - East Median

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Strategic Solar Energy, LLC (AZ)
  • Hardison Downey Construction (AZ)

Ground mount shade pavilion. Gammage Parkway Parasol Phase 2. Fixed. 936 panels. 261.96 kWdc. Commissioning deadline = 11/14/13. PV Panel Type: JA Solar JAP6-72, 285W and 290W Inverter ...

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2012
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261 kW Rooftop Array: Sun Devil Fitness Complex - Tempe

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

Rooftop mount. Sun Devil Fitness Complex Expansion. Fixed. 869 panels. 260.7 kWdc. Commissioning deadline = 9/20/13. PV Panel Type: Canadian Solar CS6X-300M monocrystalline Inverter Type: Adv Energy AE100TX ...

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2012
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254 kW Ground Mount Array:Parking at ASU Police Department - Parking Lot 19

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

Ground-mount parking canopy. Parking Lot 19. Fixed. 847 panels. 254.1 kWdc. 122 shaded parking spaces. Commissioning deadline = 9/20/13. PV Panel Type: Canadian Solar CS6X-300M monocrystalline Inverter Type ...

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2012
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253 kW Ground Mount Array: Parking Lot 59 South

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

Ground-mount parking canopy. Parking Lot 59 South. Fixed. 840 panels 252 kWdc. Commissioning deadline = 12/31/13. PV Panel Type: ReneSola JC300M-24/Ab Inverter Type: Adv Energy AE100TX (2)

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2012
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230 kW Ground Mount Array: Parking Lot 58 at Wells Fargo Arena East

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

Ground-mount parking canopy. Parking Lot 58. Fixed. 768 panels. 230.4 kWdc. 91 shaded parking spaces. Commissioning deadline = 9/20/13. PV Panel Type: Canadian Solar CS6X-300M monocrystalline Inverter Type ...

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2012
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225 kW Ground Mount Array: Gammage Parkway - Phase 1 - West Median

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Strategic Solar Energy, LLC (AZ)
  • Hardison Downey Construction (AZ)

Ground mount shade pavilion. Gammage Parkway Parasol Phase 1. Fixed. 780 panels. 219.48 kWdc. Commissioning deadline = 11/14/13. PV Panel Type: JA Solar JAP6-72, 285W and 290W Inverter ...

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2012
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224 kW Ground Mount Array: Parking Lot 41 at Armstrong Hall

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

Ground-mount parking canopy. Parking Lot 41. Fixed. 748 panels. 224.4 kWdc. 35 shaded parking spaces. Commissioning deadline = 9/20/13. PV Panel Type: Canadian Solar CS6X-300M monocrystalline Inverter Type ...

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2012
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205 kW Ground Mount Array: Parking Lot 11 at Lyceum Theatre

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

Ground-mount parking canopy. Parking Lot 11. Fixed. 682 panels. 204.6 kWdc. 50 shaded parking spaces. Commissioning deadline = 9/20/13. PV Panel Type: Canadian Solar CS6X-300M monocrystalline Inverter Type ...

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2012
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172 kW Ground Mount Array: Orange Mall (Phase 2 - West Section)

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Strategic Solar Energy, LLC (AZ)
  • Hardison Downey Construction (AZ)

Ground mount shade pavilion. Orange Mall Parasol Phase 2. Fixed. 600 panels. 166.38 kWdc. Commissioning deadline = 11/14/13. PV Panel Type: JA Solar JAP6-72, 285W and 290W Inverter ...

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2012
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138 kW Ground Mount Array: Orange Mall (Phase 1 - East Section)

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Strategic Solar Energy, LLC (AZ)
  • Hardison Downey Construction (AZ)

Ground mount shade pavilion. Orange Mall Parasol Phase 1. Fixed. 447 panels. 134.52 kWdc. Commissioning deadline = 11/14/13. PV Panel Type: JA Solar JAP6-72, 285W and 290W Inverter ...

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2012
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89 kW Rooftop Array: McCord Hall

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

The Robert K. & Sharon DuPont McCord Hall is a four-story, sustainable structure, constructed to house W.P. Carery School of Business MBA, Executive MBA, MRED, Executive Education and other ...

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2012
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86 kW Ground Mount Array: Cady Mall Solar

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Strategic Solar Energy, LLC (AZ)
  • Hardison Downey Construction (AZ)

Ground mount shade pavilion. Cady Mall Parasol. Fixed. 300 panels. 81.42 kWdc. Commissioning deadline = 11/14/13. PV Panel Type: JA Solar JAP6-72, 285W and 290W Inverter Type: Advanced ...

  • Posted Dec. 7, 2012
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409 kW Solar Canopies

  • The Catholic University of America (DC)
  • Standard Solar

The Catholic University of America today celebrated the installation of 714 solar panels in the O’Boyle Hall parking lot with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The addition makes CUA’s solar ...

  • Posted Nov. 1, 2012
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25 kW Rooftop Array: Mark Twain Athletic & Fitness Center

  • University of Missouri-St. Louis (MO)

With funding from the company Express Scripts, UMSL has completed its first solar panel installation to generate electricity. The roof of UMSL’s Mark Twain Athletic & Fitness Center features ...

  • Posted Nov. 1, 2012
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1 MW Solar System: Six Arrays

  • Desert Research Institute (NV)
  • Black Rock Solar (NV)

A new 498-kilowatt renewable energy project on the Reno campus of the Desert Research Institute is part of a statewide effort that will save DRI more than $160,000 in ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2012
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591 kW Rooftop Array: Gordon Indoor Track and Tennis Building

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Borrego Solar (MA)

The Gordon Indoor Track and Tennis building now sports the University's largest solar energy project. During the course of six weeks, a local construction crew installed 2,275 solar ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2012
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280 kW Ground Mount Array: Pole Line Road

  • Luther College (IA)

Located on college-owned property north of campus, Luther is leasing the array from Decorah Solar Field, LLC, a corporation owned by Decorah resident Larry Grimstad. The array of 1,250 ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2012
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25 kW 45-foot Wind Turbine

  • The University of Findlay (OH)

Dan Klear of Superior Energy Solutions LLC, a company based in Ottawa, was on site to oversee the installation of the wind turbine, which stands approximately 45 feet tall. Each ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2012
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20 kW 100-foot Wind Turbine

  • University of Missouri (MO)

In 2012, MU installed a wind turbine near the corner of Stadium Boulevard and Champions Drive. The turbine has three blades, each 16 feet long, connected to a generator to ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2012
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18 kW Rooftop Array: Jackson Street Building

  • University of Georgia (GA)

This 18-kilowatt solar electric system was installed in 2012 on the roof of the Jackson Street Building, which houses programs of the College of Environment & Design. Seventy-two MAGE Powertec ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2012
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15 kW Rooftop Array: Engineering Technology Center

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)
  • Southern Polytechnic State University (GA)

The roof of the ETC has a new set of solar panels that are powered at 10 kW (equivalent to 170 household light bulbs). An additional 5 kW (equivalent to ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2012
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120-Foot Tall Wind Turbine Installation

  • Indiana Institute of Technology (IN)

Indiana Tech installed a wind turbine on its Fort Wayne campus to help engineering students learn about alternative energy sources.The wind turbine tower is 120 feet tall, and the ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2012
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4 kW Pole Mount Array: New Richmond Campus

  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WI)

Thanks to the participation of New Richmond Utilities and WPPI Energy, a 16-panel PV (photovoltaic) solar system was installed on the east lawn at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond in ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2012
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3 kW Ground Mount Array:

  • The University of Findlay (OH)

The University received grants from both the BP Foundation and Dominion Resources to help retrofit two University-owned houses with renewable energy and monitoring equipment. In June 2012, solar power was ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2012
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1 kW Wall Mount Array: Stadium Parking Deck

  • Auburn University (AL)

Facilities Management, in partnership with the Office of Sustainability, has funded a pilot project for the installation of 24 solar panels on top of the northeast and southeast stairwells of ...

  • Posted Oct. 31, 2012
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8 kW Solar Homestead Bifacial Solar Canopy

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Solar Homestead is Appalachian State University's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. Inspired by the pioneer spirit of the early settlers in the ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2012
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7 kW Canopy Array: Library Traffic Circle

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

This PV array uses 27 solar panels to produce more than enough electricity to power an average United States household

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2012
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4 kW Rooftop Array: Blackburn Vonnoy Farm House

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm is a student and faculty-powered operation that offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves into a living lab. The goal of the SD ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2012
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2 kW Pole Mount: Blackburn Vannoy Farm

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

The Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm is a student and faculty-powered operation that offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves into a living lab. The goal of the SD ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2012
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100 kW Ground Mount Arrays (3 Locations)

  • University of Florida (FL)

New solar panels were installed at the University of Florida in November 2012, reducing the university's energy costs and serving as a teaching tool for professors and students. Progress ...

  • Posted Sept. 26, 2012
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38 kW Rooftop Array: Cambus Maintenance Facility

  • University of Iowa (IA)

Located on the roof of the Cambus Maintenance Facility addition, power from this 38kW photovoltaic system is sent to the campus utility grid.

  • Posted Sept. 26, 2012
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280 kW Ground Mount Array: Baker Village

  • Luther College (IA)

The 280 kilowatt (kW) facility is installed on the north edge of campus and powers Baker Village—an energy-efficient, all-electric student housing complex that utilizes geothermal energy for heating and ...

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2012
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9 kW Rooftop Array: Library Building

  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)

A 9 kiloWatt solar photo-voltaic array on the roof of the Library Building was a first step towards developing a renewable energy infrastructure on campus.

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2012
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206 kW Canopy Array: Multimodal Transportation Center

  • University of Northern Iowa (IA)

This facility is one of the first net-zero buildings in the State of Iowa. The center is powered by 960 photovoltaic (PV) panels and the lobby is tempered with heat ...

  • Posted Sept. 7, 2012
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600 kW Wind Turbine

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)

UMass Dartmouth broke ground on its wind turbine project, marking the latest milestone in its campus-wide effort to reduce annual energy costs by $3 million, shrink annual carbon emissions by ...

  • Posted Aug. 8, 2012
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4 kW 40-foot Wind Turbine

  • Broome Community College (NY)

Broome Community College's latest effort to support and produce green energy won't just lower utility bills - it'll be used to teach students. BCC unveiled a new wind ...

  • Posted Aug. 8, 2012
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105 kW Rooftop Array: Sun Devil Fitness Complex

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Architekton (AZ)

The Polytechnic Campus Sun Devil Fitness Complex was constructed in direct response to student demand and input. The building is a two-story structure, certified by the United States Green Building ...

  • Posted Aug. 7, 2012
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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
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