U California Davis to Open Biodigester
Set to begin working in January 2014 and after eight years of research, the university will open an anaerobic digester that converts pre- and post-consumer food from the dining halls into electricity for campus.
Oregon Tech to Connect Solar Array
(U.S.): Working toward its climate action plan, the soon-to-be-connected array of 7,800 panels will provide approximately 26 percent of the college's energy and covers nine acres.
ORT Hermelin Academic College of Eng & Tech to Become Microgrid
(Israel): The college president announced plans recently to transform the campus into a self-sustainable island to demonstrate how a smart electricity microgrid can successfully deliver energy to consumers when they need it and without power failures or extraneous costs.
Tufts U to Add 99KW Photovoltaic Array
(U.S.): Joining the city of Medford's effort to solarize the city, the university will install the 99-kilowatt solar system to foster environmental sustainability on the campus.
Antioch College to Gain Energy Independence
Beginning in November, the college will begin drilling 150 geothermal wells to supply heating and cooling to the college. When the approximately $8.8 million project is completed, it along with photovoltaic energy will meet 100 percent of the college's heating and cooling demand.
California State U San Bernardino Connects CHP Plant
The new 1.4-megawatt combined heat and power plant is a joint project between the university and Southern California Edison utility company. Integrated into the campus' central plant, the system is generating electricity to the utility grid with waste heat at no cost to the university.
Dalhousie U Receives 'Bright Star' Award
Efficiency Nova Scotia recently decorated the university based on 12 energy efficiency and water projects over the previous 5 years totaling a $40 million investment.
ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge Winners Announced
Hosted by the Foundation for Electrical Construction, the 2013 international competition challenged students to develop a comprehensive design and bid package for a parking garage sustainable energy retrofit. University of Washington took top prize; Penn State achieved second; and Iowa State University came in third.
Missouri State U Launches 'Green Kiosk'
The university recently purchased the energy dashboard to educate the campus community about current energy use and to capture statistical information for facilities and sustainability projects on specific buildings.
U.S. Solar Decathlon 2013 Announces Winners
(U.S.): Vienna University of Technology, a first-time U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competitor, took first place overall in the international competition whose design philosophy was guided by differing climes and lifestyles. University of Las Vegas Nevada won second and Czech Technical University placed third.
Atlantic Cape CC Completes 2.2MW Photovoltaic Project
The recently dedicated project includes more than 2,000 panels and spans four parking lots. The monitored system is projected to provide enough energy for approximately 220 homes and will be used as a teaching tool for students.
Bowdoin College Proposes 1.3MW Solar Installation
The 1.3-megawatt photovoltaic installation, which is projected to supply approximately eight percent of the college's annual electricity usage, is proposed to be built atop two athletic facilities and include a 127-acre ground mounted installation.
Cornell U, Texas A&M U Win 2013 Global Climate Award
The recently-won award recognized these universities for their achievements in providing clean, sustainable energy solutions through its on-campus combined heat and power system. The award's focus was on identifying and recognizing systems that illustrate the overall importance of district energy (heating & cooling) in providing sustainable energy solutions, providing a global benchmark for environmental excellence, and offering a platform for sharing successful ideas and encourage further interest in district energy.
Sullivan County CC to Install 2MW Photovoltaic Array
Made possible by a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, a power purchase agreement has been signed to construct a two-megawatt solar plant on nine acres of campus beginning in 2014. The array is projected to generate approximately 60 percent of the college's annual electricity consumption.
Virginia Tech Installs Solar-Powered Bus Shelter
To address the difficulty of running power lines to the shelter, which sits atop a steam tunnel, the university and local transit authority identified battery-banked solar power as a good solution.
Castleton State College Erects Wind Turbines
The four newly installed one-kilowatt micro-wind turbines on the college's Hoff Hall are installed with a 29-kilowatt solar array. The system is designed to be a hybrid system with solar generation happening during the day and wind energy generation occurring at night.
Colgate U to Install Solar Thermal System
In an attempt to lessen the university's use of number 2 heating oil, which is dirty and costly, one of 16 residence halls will soon have 12 solar panels that heat water from the sun for domestic uses in bathrooms and kitchens.
EPA Announces Green Power Leadership Award Recipients
Georgetown University and The Ohio State University were recently honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for achievements in advancing the nation's renewable energy market. Both universities are Green Power Partners of the U.S. EPA.
Essex CC Students Erect Solar Charging Station
The recently constructed nine-foot pole holds a single 30-watt photovoltaic panel. Erected by students in the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design and Solar Training course, the charging station will serve as a working lab.
Smith College to Install Photovoltaic System
Set to begin construction this semester, the new solar array will be comprised of 1,500 panels and is projected to produce about 550,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity. This project is in collaboration with a third party to help make it financially sustainable.
Western U Health Sciences Signs Solar Contract
A 20-year power purchase agreement was signed with Washington Gas Energy Systems for a 772-kilowatt rooftop photovoltaic system projected to supply 1,110 megawatts of electricity per year. Completion of construction is set for October 2013.
Georgetown U, Energy Dept Collaborate on Energy Efficiency
(U.S.): The two organizations recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a competition to encourage innovative, replicable and scalable approaches to reduce energy consumption in communities. The winner will receive $5 million in funding for the multi-year proposal.
Visvesvaraya Technological U to Open Renewable Energy Park
(India): Under its Center for Nanotechnology and in partnership with the Solar Agriculture Institute of India, the university has proposed a new renewable energy park on 10 acres to supply 100 percent of the school’s power and contribute to neighboring villages electricity.
U Minnesota Sees Results with New Energy Reduction Email Campaign
In an effort to reduce energy consumption of on-campus residents, faculty and staff, the university experimented with mass emails this summer encouraging energy conservation when the weather was hot and demand for energy was high. In July, demand was reduced 6.6 percent from the year prior.
Colby-Sawyer College Installs Wind Turbine
Helping to offset the college’s energy use, the 3.7 kilowatt wind turbine will also supply real-time data to students. Project funding was made possible from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.
DePaul U Adds 2 Wind Turbines
Continuing to reduce its carbon footprint, the university’s two rooftop, grid-tied wind turbines help offset some of the building’s electricity needs.
SUNY Cortland Commits to 100% Renewable Electricity
The first in the 64-campus State University New York system, the university will receive electrical power from 100% renewable energy for all facilities. More than 700 new solar panels will be added, and the university will purchase 16 million kilowatts of renewable energy credits per year. Efforts to use renewable energy support its master’s program in sustainable energy systems.
Anna U Installs 3kW Solar Project
(India): The Indian university in Chennai has installed the photovoltaic array to reduce its dependence on non-renewable forms of energy. Projected to produce an average of 12 kilowatts per day, the array was donated by an alumnus. The university plans to set up similar solar stations at constituent institutions to meet the state’s solar mandate, which indicates that 6 percent of total power consumed by educational institutions be met by solar.