Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Susan Dorward
Submission Date Aug. 5, 2011
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Raritan Valley Community College
OP-8: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Susan Dorward
Sustainability and Energy Coordinator
Facilities and Grounds
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Option 1: 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 :
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Option 2: Non-electric renewable energy generated:
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Option 3: 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 :
0 MMBtu

Option 4: Total RECs and other similar renewable energy products that the institution purchased during the performance year that are Green-e certified or meet the Green-e standard's technical requirements and are third party verified:
0 MMBtu

Option 5: Total electricity generated with cogeneration technology using non-renewable fuel sources :
10047 MMBtu

Total energy consumed during the performance year :
65594 MMBtu

A brief description of on-site renewable electricity generating devices :
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A brief description of on-site renewable non-electric energy devices:
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A brief description of off-site, institution-catalyzed, renewable electricity generating devices:
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A brief description of RECs or other similar renewable energy products purchased during the previous year:
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A brief description of cogeneration technologies deployed:

In 2007, RVCC installed a 1.4MW co-generation engine, becoming the first community college in the country to do so. The co-generation unit is a natural gas fired reciprocating engine that generates 1.4 megawatts of electricity coupled to an absorption unit that converts exhaust engine gases to either 320 tons of cooling or 2000 MMbtu hot water.

The goal of the plant is to reduce carbon emissions by 1900 tons per year. The College received a grant for $1 million from the NJ Board of Public Utilities to construct the cogeneration plant.


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

The data presented here includes the waste heat used from the cogeneration engine to heat and cool our campus water loops, for climate control of our buildings.

Solar panels are being installed in Lot 5 to power the Arts and Childcare buildings. They will generate 300kW of energy starting in fall 2011.

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