Elizabethtown College Awarded $500K for 2MW Solar System

The college was recently awarded a $500,000 Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) grant to install a 2-megawatt ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system and create opportunities for students and faculty members to study various aspects of solar energy.

Huston-Tillotson U Charges with Solar

The new solar charging station was retrofitted from a 1950s gas pump with solar panels for the campus community to use clean energy to recharge portable electronic devices.

Pennsylvania State U Class Gifts School with Photovoltaic Array

Financially backed by student contributions to the class gift fund, the solar array was selected from 120 proposals. The solar panel and its eventual site also will serve as an educational resource for relevant departments and visitors.

U California Irvine to Add 3.2MW of Solar

Currently under construction, the 3.2-megawatt solar electric system atop three parking structures is part of a 25-year power purchase agreement allowing the university to pay a price below what would normally be paid to a utility. The project is expected to reduce campus carbon emissions by 1,500 metric tons per year.

Dickinson College Student Creates Solar Structure

Found in a warehouse with surplus desks and chairs by an environmental studies and economics double major, the four solar panels were constructed into a functioning solar array at one of the busiest thoroughfares on campus. Known as the Solar Outdoor Laboratory, the system, now an extension of the college's living laboratory, channels the electricity onto the grid.

U California Santa Barbara Connects 424kW Photovoltaic Array

Funded by students, who voted for the $3.4 million Student Affairs Renewable Energy Initiative to pass in 2011, the newly installed 424-kilowatt, solar electric system will help the university reach the University of California system-wide Carbon Neutrality Initiative, which seeks carbon neutrality by 2025.

U Nebraska-Lincoln Claims Wastewater Heat for Energy

Called the Centralized Renewable Energy System, the university is engaged with the city's adjacent wastewater treatment plant to convert heat from the discharge into usable energy for heating and cooling buildings.

West Chester U Pennsylvania Retires Coal Boiler Plant

The recently decommissioned coal-fired boiler plant was replaced by an efficient geothermal system for providing heat for half of campus that includes 440 wells. Currently the other half of the campus is heated and cooled by high-efficiency natural gas boilers.

Wesleyan U Expands Energy Saving Competition

The now campus-wide energy reduction competition encourages all residents to reduce their energy consumption and track it via JouleBug, a smartphone app. Two awards based on the app's data will be given to the resident with the highest energy reduction.

Colorado Mountain College Installs 30KW Solar System

(U.S.): A university partnership with Garfield County Libraries yielding two other solar installations has led to the library's largest photovoltaic installation to date, 29.9-kilowatts, and was installed by five university students and their professor studying photovoltaics.

George Washington U to Install Solar Thermal System

(U.S.): In step with the university's plan to reduce its carbon emissions 40 percent by 2025, the solar thermal system, to be completed on an upperclassmen residence hall in 2015, will save the university money by preheating water with the sun instead of using gas.

Skidmore College Celebrates Completion of Solar Array

(U.S.): Aiding in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the new photovoltaic system, with $2.3 million from the NY-Sun Initiative, is predicted to generate approximately 12 percent of the college's electricity needs.

Truckee Meadows CC & Colorado School of Mines Win Challenge

(U.S.): The Energy Department's National Geothermal Student Competition announced Truckee Meadows Community College as top finisher and the Geothermal Case Study Challenge winner went to Colorado School of Mines. The two competitions challenged college and university students to develop professional business solutions for public outreach as well as case studies that could help industry more accurately pinpoint geothermal resources in subsurface areas across the United States.

U California Davis to Build 16MW Photovoltaic Power Plant

(U.S.): Expected to generate 14 percent of the university's electricity needs and cover a 70-acre site, the 16-megawatt solar power plant will help reduce campus carbon emissions by an estimated 9 percent.

U Colorado Boulder Retrofits for Energy Savings

(U.S.): A nearly $11 million project, with an anticipated $573,000 in energy cost avoidance, will upgrade one of the campus' buildings with energy-efficient boilers, lighting and HVAC systems, and water conservation improvements.

U Michigan Reduces Energy Through Lab Sash Program

(U.S.): With nearly 800 campus labs, the new Shut the Sash awareness campaign, an initiative of the Sustainable Labs program, resulted in an estimated 10 percent energy reduction and avoidance of $1.5 million in energy costs.

Pennsylvania State U Commits to Large Energy Reduction

The university recently joined the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge pledging to a 20 percent reduction of building energy use over the next 10 years in 28-million square feet.

Illinois State U Installs Charging Station

A solar-powered table was recently installed that gives students the opportunity to recharge up to five devices at a time in an environmentally friendly manner.

Cornell U Opens Solar Farm

(U.S.): The university recently opened the Cornell Snyder Road Solar Farm with 6,778 photovoltaic panels that will produce 2.5 million kilowatts hours each year and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 650 metric tons toward the goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050.

International Islamic U turns to Solar Energy

(Islambad): Through the installation of photovoltaic panels, the university will provide 10 megawatts of electricity to power the main campus, and will sell excess energy to increase revenue for the campus.

Smith College Trustees Approve Sustainable Investments Fund

(U.S.): A unanimous approval from the board of a $1 million investment will drive sustainable strategies on the campus to address climate change such as improving energy efficiency at the co-generation plant.

Syracuse U Purchases Green Power

(U.S.): The university has partnered with Renewable Choice Energy to provide green power, which will offset 35 percent of the campus’ total electricity consumption, an increase over previous years.

U Copenhagen Met Climate Goals from 2008

(Denmark): The university reached their goal to reduce carbon emissions originally set in 2008 through energy efficiency investments. The university announced that carbon-dioxide emissions are down 28.8% and energy consumption per student/employee is down 20.4% on 2006 levels. The university plans to set new sustainability goals to be released later this year.

U Glasgow Scientists Find Clean Energy Opportunity

(U.K.): University scientists recently reported a new production of removing hydrogen from water that could lead to an era of cheap, clean and renewable energy, according to the institution. This new production allows the hydrogen bond to be burned without a negative impact on the environment.

U Iowa to Use Grass for Biofuel

(U.S.): By 2020, the university wants to have 40 percent of its energy derived from renewable sources with efforts such as a reduction in the amount of coal burned through a new pilot program of burning a specific type of tall grass.

Colleges Introduce Renewable Energy Program

Calhoun Community College and Drake State Technical College recently began offering classes to teach renewable energy skills and increase job opportunities.

La Consolacion College Manila Expands Clean Energy Options

The college recently installed solar panels to increase renewable energy use and revert surplus electricity from the panels back to the grid to offset the equivalent amount of its power bill.

Three Institutions Support Expansion of Pittsburgh 2030 Program

This sustainable program recently expanded into Oakland, PA thanks to Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and others toward 50 percent reductions in energy consumption, water use and transportation emissions by the year 2030.

U Albany Launches Sustainability Campaign

New green initiatives at the university began recently including an effort to reduce electricity use around the campus, provide water through a water refill station to students and faculty and the implementation of a new ZipCar service.

U California to Increase Solar Energy Power

The university announced a purchase of solar panels that will increase clean energy options and contribute toward carbon neutrality efforts.

Colorado State U Get Solar Panels

In order to increase solar energy, the university recently installed panels to increase the amount of sustainable energy 6,600 kilowatts with the ability to power approximately 1,200 homes to benefit the institution and the surrounding community.

Institutions Boost Sustainability Movement

U.S. News: Colleges and universities lead the charge to increase renewable energy efforts such as green residency buildings, clean energy courses and upgrades to promote fuel efficiency.

Yale U Introduces New Sustainability Initiatives

In order to boost clean energy efforts, the university plans to invest funds to improve energy consumption, introduce carbon pricing to meet climate change objectives, install solar panels, adopt third-party verification of our campus greenhouse gas inventory, green innovation fellowships and the re-evaluation of the current university Sustainability Strategic Plan.

Lane CC Identifies Energy Efficient Projects

The Energy Carryover Fund, the college’s green revolving fund, was created in 2006 with an allocation of $165,585 from surplus funds in the utilities budget to help the college meet their sustainability goals and formalize a process to identify energy efficiency projects. The fund averages 22.9 percent and has achieved a total of $113,087 in savings to date.

Princeton U Starts Light Efficiency Upgrade

As part of its Facilities Organization project, the university started to convert over 100,000 light fixtures to light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs across the campus this past July, and is expected to be completed by December 2016 to contribute as much as a 15 percent reduction in carbon emissions as outlined by the Princeton Sustainability Plan to 1990 levels by 2020.

Triton College Installs Solar Panels

The college recently installed 54 panels to promote clean energy to supplement power to one of its buildings thanks to a grant from Illinois Green Economy Network and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

California CC Boosts Clean Energy Projects through Tax Benefits

(U.S.): Clean energy tax benefits have spurred infrastructure upgrades, green job training efforts, and 313 additional projects that promote sustainability. Cumulatively, these efforts are estimated to save $4.6 million annually and reduce energy use by the equivalent of 2.9 million gallons of gasoline.

Middlebury College Gets Solar Power

(U.S.): The 500-kilowatt photovoltaic system now provides power to the college as part of its commitment to reach carbon neutrality.

U Queensland to Open Solar Research Facility

(Australia): In order to diversify its fuel source and become more environmentally friendly, the university plans to operate a 3.275-megawatt solar research facility on nearly 25-acres.

Colorado State U Adds Solar Panels to Buildings

Through a partnership with the City of Fort Collins and Namaste Solar, the university will see new solar panels installed this fall through early 2015 to increase clean energy supply and provide power to local homes and businesses, including buildings on the university’s campus.

EPA Releases Quarterly List of Top 30 Green Power Partners

The top 30 list represents the largest green power users among higher education institutions within the Green Power Partnership. The combined green power use of these organizations amounts to more than two billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 192,000 average American homes annually.

Everglades U Expands Solar Energy Program [Video]

The university recently completed construction on its new solar energy teaching lab to teach students in construction, management and policy about renewable energy technologies’ potential impact on the future.

Kent State U Installs Energy Efficient Lighting

To meet criteria of campus-wide energy goals, this summer the university retrofitted its main campus with 104 new energy-efficient fixtures, which is anticipated to save $10,000 a year.

Lewis and Clark CC Raises Solar Panels

With funding from the Illinois Green Economy and students, the new solar panels are projected to produce approximately 17,000-kilowatts of electricity annually, contributing to the college’s 2058 carbon neutrality goal.

10 Chicago Institutions Commit to Reduce Energy Use

The ten schools that recently signed onto the Retrofit Chicago’s Commercial Buildings Initiative, which commits to a 20 percent energy reduction, are City Colleges of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, School of the Art Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Chicago.

Dartmouth College Purchases Energy Credits

Part of an ongoing $16 million grant to improve campus sustainability, the college’s newly installed windows and light fixtures and $50,000 of clean energy credits, equal to 7.3-million kilowatt-hours of energy, has helped the community earn recognition as a Green Power Community by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

U Texas Completes Solar Charging Stations

As part of its mission to support environmental-conscious campus initiatives, the university recently hooked up two new charging stations that convert solar energy into electricity and can charge up to six cell phones, laptops or electrical bikes at a time.

Western Nevada College Completes 180KW Solar Install

Expanding its use of clean energy to aid in greenhouse gas reductions, the college recently completed the 180-kilowatt project.

ELECTRI Green Energy Challenge Names Three Finalist Teams

ELECTRI International’s annual student competition has identified Colorado State University, Iowa State University and San Diego State University for the 2014 competition, which asked teams to select a student use facility, conduct an energy audit of the building's power and lighting systems, and design and propose a retrofit for both.

Hagerstown CC Adds Wind Turbine

The newly installed 5-kilowatt wind turbine will supplement the college's program in alternative energy.