Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Julie Newman
Submission Date Oct. 23, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 MIT Office of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Summit Farms Solar Power Purchase Agreement

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The 60 megawatt Summit Farms solar power purchase agreement through which MIT has committed to buying 73% of the electricity generated, created the largest renewable energy project ever built in the U.S. through an alliance among different organizations. A business consortium non-profit convened MIT, Boston Medical Center, and the Post Office Square Corporation (a small Boston-based commercial property owner) to participate as partners in a solar photovoltaic project. By aggregating demand and sharing project assessment expertise, the consortium allowed these diverse organizations to invest in a much larger renewable energy project that they could have done independently.

Summit Farms solar farm - total project metrics:
Size: 650 acres, 255,000 panels, 60MW capacity
Annual Production: 146GWh
Annual avoided GHGs: 119,500 tons
Location: North Carolina
Operational on January 2017
Start to finish timing: 12 months from project scoping to signing the PPA"

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Air & Climate

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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