Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.15
Liaison Laura Young
Submission Date March 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Michigan State University
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.03 / 4.00 Laura Young
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Administration-EVP-Office of Sustainability
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Total energy consumption, performance year:
7,717,139.19 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) 15,594,451.90 Kilowatt-hours 53,208.27 MMBtu

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


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

The Agriculture Livestock Pavilion has a 10 KW photovoltaic array https://www.canr.msu.edu/pavilion/solar_power

MSU's Surplus and Recycling Center has a 40 KW photovoltaic array

An anaerobic digester was brought online in 2013. The digester uses organic waste from farms and dining halls to generate 2800 MWHR each year.
https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/powering-campus-using-food-waste https://www.egr.msu.edu/bae/adrec/

Solar Carport Array - MSU's solar carport array, the largest in North America, is constructed on five of the university's largest commuter parking lots and covers 5,000 parking spaces. The solar carports are designed to deliver a peak power of 10.5 Megawatts and an annual energy of 15 million kilowatt-hours. Created through a PPA, the project provides a renewable power production and energy consumption reduction showcase on campus, where the university's students can study solar photovoltaic and inverter technology, as well as their integration into the micro-grid. It results in approximately $10 million savings in electricity costs for MSU integrated over the 25-year duration of the power purchase agreement contract. The solar carports have received multiple recognitions including the US EPA Green Leadership Award, the Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award for Onsite Renewable Energy, and the Innovative Project Award from the US Green Business Council of West Michigan: https://ipf.msu.edu/about/news/solar-carport-initiative-earns-national-attention. In February 2020, the MSU Board of Trustees also authorized the installation of a 20 MW solar array on MSU's main campus, with construction planned for 2022. https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2020/msu-trustees-approve-installing-a-100-acre-solar-farm. https://ipf.msu.edu/construction/current-projects/south-campus-solar-farm

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:
53,208.27 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 0.06
Coal 4.48
Geothermal 0
Hydro 2.12
Natural gas 85.99
Nuclear 1.59
Solar photovoltaic 2.16
Wind 1.83
Other (please specify and explain below) 1.77

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

Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass 0
Coal 0
Electricity 100
Fuel oil 0
Geothermal 0.02
Natural gas 0
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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