Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.39
Liaison Christine Pinkham
Submission Date March 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

British Columbia Institute of Technology
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.89 / 4.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total energy consumption, performance year:
271,891.37 MMBtu

Clean and renewable electricity (report kilowatt-hours):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity from certified/verified clean and renewable sources (i.e., bundled green power purchases) 37,483,274 Kilowatt-hours 127,892.93 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, clean and renewable sources (rights retained/retired) 183,190.60 Kilowatt-hours 625.05 MMBtu

A brief description of the certified/verified sources of clean and renewable electricity:

The institution's imported electricity from certified/verified sources of clean and renewable electricity comes from the province of British Columbia's electricity provider, BC Hydro. As can be alluded from the name, BC Hydro operates 32 hydroelectric facilities in the province.

A brief description of the on-site renewable electricity generating facilities/devices:

On-site renewable electricity generating facilities/devices include solar generation on campus coming from the Energy OASIS (Open Access to Sustainable Intermittent Sources) and the SW1 Gateway building.

The Energy OASIS facility is comprised of: a 250 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) parking canopy paired with a 500 kWhr lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS); two DC Fast Charge (DCFC) EV charge stations; six Level 2 EV charge stations; and an advanced energy management system (EMS). The EMS predicts electrical generation based on weather forecasts, and EV charge profiles based on historical trends and EV charge reservations. The system can “island” itself from the electrical grid, for example in times of grid blackout, and continue to deliver electricity and charge EVs with either generated or stored energy.

The Gateway building is a three storey 5,280-square-metre structure on the Burnaby campus. The building, which officially opened in November 2011, is a LEED Gold project, featuring numerous energy efficient systems, including 84 photovoltaic solar panels located on the roof, which together produce 14.28 kW of electricity.

Energy Oasis: https://www.bcit.ca/applied-research/smart-microgrid/projects/energy-oasis/

SW1 Gateway: https://commons.bcit.ca/news/2015/05/23596/

Clean and renewable thermal energy (report MMBtu):
Clean and renewable stationary fuels used on-site to generate thermal energy 0 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water from certified/verified clean and renewable sources 0 MMBtu

A brief description of the clean and renewable stationary fuels:

A brief description of the certified/verified sources of clean and renewable thermal energy:

Unbundled renewable energy products (report kWh):
kWh MMBtu
Purchased RECs, GOs, I-RECs or equivalent unbundled renewable energy products certified by a third party 0 Kilowatt-hours 0 MMBtu

A brief description of the unbundled renewable energy products:

Total clean and renewable energy generated or purchased:
128,517.98 MMBtu

Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for clean and renewable energy is available:
Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass ---
Coal ---
Geothermal ---
Hydro 47.03
Natural gas 52.73
Nuclear ---
Solar photovoltaic 0.24
Wind ---
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of electricity not specified above:

Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass ---
Coal ---
Electricity ---
Fuel oil ---
Geothermal ---
Natural gas ---
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The data for this credit is from 2018.

The performance year in OP-5 (2019) differs from that in OP-6 (2018) so the figures for total energy consumption do not match.

Energy breakdown for heating buildings is unavailable.

Out of BCIT's clean and renewable energy consumption, 99.5% is from hydro and 0.05% from solar.

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