Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.36
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

Smith College
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.02 / 4.00 Michelle Smith
Energy Manager
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total energy consumption, performance year:
361,026.09 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) 405,744 Kilowatt-hours 1,384.40 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:

There are four solar panel installations on Smith College Buildings.

Three are on Smith's main campus (Ford Hall, Indoor Track & Tennis (ITT) facility, and the campus Center) which were financed through PPAs. For the second half of the twenty year contract Smith will purchase the green attributes of the ITT power as well. For now we retain the attributes of the Campus Center solar.

The forth installation is at the Archibald MacLeish Field Station. The College has retired the RECs for this project, a 9.4kW array.

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:
1,384.40 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 2.50
Coal 0.50
Geothermal 0
Hydro 8.90
Natural gas 48.50
Nuclear 30.50
Solar photovoltaic 1.70
Wind 3.60
Other (please specify and explain below) 3.80

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

The mix above is the ISO NE grid mix of fuel sources for electricity generation. The 3.8 "Other" includes additional renewable sources, oil, price-responsive demand, and "other."

We produce 70% of our campus's electricity in a co-generational power plant, where natural gas is used to create both heat and electricity. We get 2% of our electricity from on-site solar photovoltaic. We do not own the associated environmental attributes of this solar PV. The remaining portion of our electricity, 28%, we purchase from the grid.

Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass 0
Coal 0
Electricity 0
Fuel oil 1
Geothermal 0
Natural gas 99
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:

The majority of our heat is created in our co-gen plant, where natural gas is used to make both steam and electricity. Additional heat is created by natural gas fired boilers in individual buildings, not connected to the central steam plant.

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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