Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.54
Liaison Michael Amadori
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.09 / 4.00 Michael Amadori
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Total energy consumption, performance year:
157,842.31 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) 5,668,754 Kilowatt-hours 19,341.79 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, clean and renewable sources (rights retained/retired) 2,803 Kilowatt-hours 9.56 MMBtu

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

Hobart and William Smith Colleges generate electricity from two solar farms – together representing one of the largest solar installations at a higher education institution in New York State – that deliver 50 percent of the Colleges’ electricity.

The Route 14 solar farm has more than 7,600 solar panels and the second array, located on Gates Road in the Town of Seneca, has 8,600 panels. Each farm is around 2.5 megawatts in size and cover approximately 10 acres of marginal land that has little agriculture potential.

Besides providing us with carbon free electricity, they offer students with hands-on learning experiences. Each semester different classes or student groups will go on tours to see them closeup and get a better understanding for how they work.


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

The Colleges have a 1,980 watt photovoltaic array installed at the Finger Lakes Institute, a research institute located on campus.


Clean and renewable thermal energy (report MMBtu):
MMBtu
Clean and renewable stationary fuels used on-site to generate thermal energy 208 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:

The Colleges have a geothermal heating and cooling system installed at the Finger Lakes Institute consisting of 20 wells drilled 100 feet deep on the hillside overlooking Seneca Lake.


A brief description of the certified/verified sources of clean and renewable thermal energy:
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Unbundled renewable energy products (report kWh):
kWh MMBtu
Purchased RECs, GOs, I-RECs or equivalent unbundled renewable energy products certified by a third party 6,917,000 Kilowatt-hours 23,600.80 MMBtu

A brief description of the unbundled renewable energy products:

The colleges purchased 6,417,000 kWh of REC's from Community Energy. The RECs are through National Wind and are 100% Green-e certified. We also purchased 500,000 kWh of REC's from ACT Commodities. These REC's were a mixture of wind and hydro.


Total clean and renewable energy generated or purchased:
43,160.16 MMBtu

Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:
27.34

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 2
Natural gas ---
Nuclear ---
Solar photovoltaic 48
Wind 50
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 ---
Coal ---
Electricity ---
Fuel oil ---
Geothermal 0.20
Natural gas 99.80
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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