Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.27
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date March 4, 2016
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Oregon State University
OP-9: Clean and Renewable Energy

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0.04 / 4.00 Brandon Trelstad
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Total energy consumption (all sources, transportation fuels excluded), performance year:
1,132,866.40 MMBtu

Clean and renewable energy from the following sources::
Performance Year
Option 1: Clean and renewable electricity generated on-site during the performance year and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes 11,087.92 MMBtu
Option 2: Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site 399.07 MMBtu
Option 3: 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 0 MMBtu
Option 4: Purchased third-party certified RECs and similar renewable energy products (including renewable electricity purchased through a certified green power purchasing option) 0 MMBtu

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

OSU has a total of 2.86 MW solar PV with five larger ground mounted solar sites and building integrated solar on campus. FY15 provided additional capacity at the Student Experience Center's roof mounted 48kW solar PV and the first full year's production of 2857.77kW ground-mounted solar.

Previous notes: The Solar Trailer is a 1800 watt solar array with nine Sanyo 200 watt solar modules. Hatfield Marine Science Center has a pole mounted 1.1 kilowatt array. Kelley Engineering Center has a roof mounted 2.4 kilowatt array. Dixon Recreation Center has a kinetic energy system which utilizes 22 pieces of gym equipment and has a total generating capacity of around 2000 watts.

Since 2013, five large grid-tied, ground-mounted solar electric (photovoltaic) arrays have been installed on agricultural lands operated by Oregon State University as part of “Solar by Degrees,” a large-scale photovoltaic power program coordinated by the Oregon University System. OSU was the first to install and have operational solar arrays. See the OSU press release: http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2012/dec/osu-planting-seeds-%E2%80%9Csolar-farm%E2%80%9D-campus-part-ous-program

The five arrays cover more than twelve acres combined. Three are in Corvallis two are at OSU properties elsewhere in the state. The 35th Street site is the largest, at around six acres and 1,435 kilowatts. It can be found west of the Corvallis campus on the Campus Way bike path. The 53rd Street site is 289 kilowatts and is located adjacent to the bike path just east of the Benton County Fairgrounds. The Salmon Disease Lab site, with a capacity of 482 kilowatts, is located adjacent to Trysting Tree golf course just east of the Willamette River, off the main campus.

The two locations outside Corvallis are in Aurora, Oregon and Hermiston, Oregon. In Aurora is the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) farm across from Charbonneau Village on Miley Road. The Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center houses OSU's only Eastern Oregon solar location to date. All five sites were developed in partnership with the College of Agricultural Sciences, to which the property is assigned.

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

An evacuated tube solar hot water system on the Kelley Engineering Center preheats domestic water, supplying approximately 50% of the building's domestic water heating needs. The International Living and Learning Center also has a flat plate collector solar hot water system which is estimated to be able to provide 6,625 gallons of domestic hot water per day, which averages over 50% of the annual hot water use for this building.

A brief description of off-site, institution-catalyzed, renewable electricity generating devices:

A brief description of the RECs and/or similar renewable energy products:

Green-e certified RECs were either made on OSU's behalf or donated by Pacific Power to offset events such as the annual Sustainability Town Hall.

The website URL where information about the institution's renewable energy sources is available:

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