Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.61
Liaison Kate Ullman
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Northland College
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.05 / 4.00 Scott Grinnell
Professor of Physics
Academic
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
33901.14 MMBtu

Total clean and renewable electricity generated on site during the performance year and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes:
235.70 MMBtu

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

Photovoltaic panels:
-- McLean Environmental Living and Learning Center (3.6 kW)
-- Dexter Library (14 kW)
-- President's House (2.1 kW)
-- Strawbale House (3.5kW)
Wind turbines:
-- BWC Excel (10 kW)


Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site, performance year:
172.80 MMBtu

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

Northland College has two solar hot water systems that supplement the hot water needs of two residence halls: McMillian Hall and the McLean Environmental Living and Learning Center (MELLC). The system on McMillian Hall consists of 15 16-tube evacuated tube collectors that produce an estimated 130 Therms of domestic hot water per month; on MELLC, the system consists of 14 flat plate collectors with a total collecting surface of 215 square feet producing an estimated 62 Therms of domestic hot water per month.


Total 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, performance year:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of off-site, institution-catalyzed, renewable electricity generating devices:
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Total third-party certified RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products (including renewable electricity purchased through a utility-provided certified green power option) purchased during the performance year:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of the RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products, including contract timeframes:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass 95
Coal 5
Geothermal 0
Hydro 0
Natural gas 0
Nuclear 0
Solar photovoltaic 0
Wind 0
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 0
Coal 0
Electricity 10
Fuel oil 0
Geothermal 0
Natural gas 90
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:
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Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:
1.20

The Xcel Bayfront Power Plant in Ashland, WI, which provides Northland College its electricity, burns nearly 100% biomass in the form of locally-sourced wood chips.

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