University Renewable Energy Programs Worldwide
University of Massachusetts Amherst is taking
a leading role in developing renewable energy in
the U.S. northeast but many other universities
are taking similar initiatives. The list below,
while not exhaustive, offers a glimpse of some
other notable universities.
University of California San Diego boasts
a university-wide microgrid that generates
approximately 92 percent of the electricity used
on campus: including a 1.5-MW solar array,
a 2.8-MW fuel cell and a 300-k W solar water-heating system.
University of Nottingham in the UK has
set itself ambitious carbon targets in its Carbon
Management Plan. The plan’s initiatives include
solar PV, solar hot water and biomass boilers.
University of Queensland in Australia has a
1.22-MW PV array that generates electricity for
the St. Lucia campus in Brisbane and underpins
research projects in diverse areas including
physics, economics and sustainability. The
university also conducts next-generation battery
Stanford University in California will
receive more than 50 percent of its electricity
via a 67-MWp solar array in Kern County that
is expected to be online by the end of 2016.
In addition to that off-site array, the university
added solar PV to 16 buildings this summer. The
solar expansion is part of the Stanford Energy
System Innovations (SESI), which includes a
heat recovery system completed last year for
the heating and cooling of campus buildings.
Together, the heat recovery system and the
solar energy resources will reduce Stanford’s
greenhouse gas emissions by 68 percent.
California State University Long Beach
announced a 4.8-MW carport this summer
that will offset approximately 15 percent of the
university’s load while giving students and
faculty a shady spot to park on campus.
While not a university, Dublin School, a small
boarding school in New Hampshire is
installing a 400-k W solar PV array to offset a
signifcant portion of its electrical load.
The University College Cork in Ireland calls
itself the World’s frst green campus. The college
has a wind turbine, solar PV and a solar water
heating system in addition to multiple other
Colby College in Maine achieved carbon
neutrality in 2013 by implementing a diverse
strategy of efforts including over 12 LEED-certifed buildings on campus, two of which use
geothermal systems. The college is planning to
build a 1.9-MW solar array in the near future.
The University of Ottawa’s Centre for
Research in Photonics is a solar cell
characterization research facility that boasts an
outdoor solar test site.
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