Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.02
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

Furman University
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.01 / 4.00 Laura Bain
Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment
David E. Shi Center for Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total energy consumption, performance year:
191,616.25 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) 0 Kilowatt-hours 0 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, clean and renewable sources (rights retained/retired) 158,051 Kilowatt-hours 539.27 MMBtu

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

All on-site solar is included EXCEPT the 743kw solar farm as Furman does not own the RECS associated with this energy production/use.

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

Furman installed several photovoltaic and solar thermal panels on campus to generate renewable energy. In September of 2011 photovoltaic cell panels were installed at the Charles H. Townes Science Center, the Lay Physical Activities Center, and added additional cells at the Cottage (which houses the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities). The 31 kW solar photovoltaic array at the Cottage generate enough energy to completely offset the energy used in the building. Additional energy is returned to the grid to be used elsewhere. Solar thermal panels at the Townes Science Center provide hot water for the building.

April 2017 Solar Farm 743kw system; Do NOT own RECs from this system

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:
539.27 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 21.20
Geothermal ---
Hydro 1.73
Natural gas 25.47
Nuclear 51.27
Solar photovoltaic 0.27
Wind ---
Other (please specify and explain below) 0.02

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

"Other" is not specified by our energy provider.

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:

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