Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison David Gibson
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

College of the Atlantic
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.78 / 4.00 Andrea Russell
Sustainability Coordinator and Community Energy Center Program Manager
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
13,674.70 MMBtu

Total clean and renewable electricity generated on site during the performance year and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes:
245.10 MMBtu

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

COA currently has a residential 2.4kW wind turbine, installed by students enrolled in the Practicum in Wind Power course, and nine solar arrays, installed by students enrolled in several different courses covering renewable energy, totaling 25kW of rated peak capacity. The college has 50KW of installed solar capacity, installed by ReVision Energy of Liberty, Maine under a Power Purchase agreement, on its Kathryn W. Davis Student Housing and at its nearby Peggy Rockefeller Farms.


Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site, performance year:
3,026.51 MMBtu

A brief description of on-site renewable non-electric energy devices:

In 2008, COA installed a 535,000 Btu central wood pellet boiler that provides heat and domestic hot water to 28,500 square feet of new building space, including student residences and a 8,900 square foot campus center. The wood pellets are manufactured in Maine.


Total clean and renewable electricity generated by off-site projects that the institution catalyzed and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes, performance year:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of off-site, institution-catalyzed, renewable electricity generating devices:

None.


Total third-party certified RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products (including renewable electricity purchased through a utility-provided certified green power option) purchased during the performance year:
2,812.90 MMBtu

A brief description of the RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products, including contract timeframes:

All of the college's off-campus generated electricity (92%) is covered by RECs purchased as the electricity is used in real-time. The RECs are provided by Constellation New Energy and are called New Wind RECs generated by wind farms in the Midwest. They are Green-E certified.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass ---
Coal ---
Geothermal ---
Hydro ---
Natural gas ---
Nuclear ---
Solar photovoltaic 7.95
Wind 92.05
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of electricity not specified above:
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Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass 28.51
Coal ---
Electricity ---
Fuel oil 47.39
Geothermal ---
Natural gas ---
Other (please specify and explain below) 24.10

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

Other source: Bottled propane (LPG)


Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:
44.49

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