Education

Brandeis University Virtual-Net-Metered Solar Array to Save $2M Over 20 Years

Cheryl Kaften

Brandeis University, located in the Boston metropolitan area, expects to reduce its long-term energy bills through a PPA the school signed on January 13 to obtain solar power from a 1.27-MW rooftop system installed on a property in the city of Somerville, Massachusetts. Specifically, the system is anticipated to save the school an estimated $70,000   …Continue Reading


In Minnesota, St. John’s University Expands Solar Farm to Six Times Its Original Size

Cheryl Kaften

St. John’s University of Collegeville, Minnesota, announced on January 10 that it had expanded its community solar garden.


Better Building’s Program Goes to School

Carl Weinschenk

Last month, The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) expanded its Better Buildings program to encompass schools with the Better Buildings Zero Energy Schools Accelerator. That makes sense, since schools clearly present great opportunities to reduce energy consumption. The press release says that the inaugural class of schools in the program are working collaboratively with national   …Continue Reading


Parking Lot Solar Canopy for HS in Bourne, MA

Carl Weinschenk

The Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Bourne, MA, has installed a 663 KW solar canopy atop its parking lot. The project was done in association with Green Seal Environmental and Solect Energy. The canopy at the 725-student school also will provide energy to the Bourne Rec Authority. The project was created under a   …Continue Reading


University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chooses Performance Services

Carl Weinschenk

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and design-build energy performance contractor Performance Services have entered a $19.3 million energy performance contract (EPC) through the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting Program. The project will install LEDs and upgrade water, building envelope, HVAC and controls across the campus, according to the press release. Other elements of   …Continue Reading


East Liverpool (OH) SD Pushes Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

The East Liverpool, Ohio, school district released a preliminary analysis of how it uses energy in preparation for potential upgrades. The report, which was prepared by Columbus-based Plug Smart,shows that the district is doing well even before work begins. Plug Smart is a project development company. The report compared the district to 160 other school districts. East   …Continue Reading


Emory Contest Cuts Energy Use

Carl Weinschenk

Emory University’s Office of Sustainability recently completed a month-long, campus-wide energy reduction competition. The goal was to reduce energy relative to what was consumed in October, 2015. The campus saved 274,945 kWh. The winner in the residential category was a sorority village, which reduced energy use 29 percent. The administrative, classroom and “other” category winner   …Continue Reading


The Boulder Valley School District Goes Big on Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

A multiyear, multiphase project aims to cut use as far as it will go.


Indiana School District Goes Totally Solar

Carl Weinschenk

Sheridan Community Schools – which serve the central Indiana town of the same name — are going 100 percent solar, according to WFYI. The story says that the district, which has slightly more than 1,000 students, expects to save between $4 million and $5 million over a 20-year period. The move is expected to cut the percentage   …Continue Reading


Energy Performance Contracts Facilitate Big Changes for CA School District

Carl Weinschenk

The Hacienda la Puente Unified School District in Industry City is working with Schneider Electric on a six-year, four-phase project.