Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.79
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date May 26, 2016
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Colorado College
OP-9: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.28 / 4.00 Mark Ferguson
Campus Energy Manager
Purchased Utilities
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Total energy consumption (all sources, transportation fuels excluded), performance year:
162,724.69 MMBtu

Clean and renewable energy from the following sources::
Performance Year
Option 1: Clean and renewable electricity generated on-site during the performance year and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes 843 MMBtu
Option 2: Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site 135 MMBtu
Option 3: 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 159 MMBtu
Option 4: Purchased third-party certified RECs and similar renewable energy products (including renewable electricity purchased through a certified green power purchasing option) 10,236 MMBtu

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

Colorado College introduced its first on-campus renewable electricity project in spring of 2008. Its 22-kilowatt array was the largest solar electric system in the Colorado Springs Utilities service area at the time of permitting. During 2011/2012, CC purchased panels for the Worner Center (63,000 kWh) and in 2012/2013 for KRCC (3,240 kWh) and the Children's Center (25,200 kWh). In 2014, CC installed new solar arrays on the El Pomar Sports Center (278,000 kWh/yr), the Cornerstone Arts Center (164,600 kWh/yr), the Spencer Center (18 kW array), Synergy House (4.3 kW array), and the Dean's house (10.7 kW array). In 2015, CC installed a new solar array at the Baca Campus (31 kW array).


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

CC has a solar thermal array on the roof of the Worner Student Center.


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

CC owns 200 kW in the Bradley Community Solar Array as part of the Clean Energy Collective. Additionally, CC owns 250 kW of the Colorado Springs Solar Garden.


A brief description of the RECs and/or similar renewable energy products:

The College purchased 2,000 mWh of wind energy from Colorado Springs Utilities with the associated RECs attached.


The website URL where information about the institution's renewable energy sources is available:

Source Option 1: Calculated from the Cornerstone, El Pomar, and Synergy PV arrays.

Source Option 3: Calculated from 2 months of the Clean Energy Collective Solar Array from April to the end of the year June 30.

Source Option 4: Calculated from CC wind share with CSU + REC's donated from CSU from the Sun Share solar array.

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