Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.15
Liaison Christina Goodwin
Submission Date March 5, 2021
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STARS v2.1

Sterling College (VT)
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.35 / 4.00 Kelly Jones
Manager
Buildings and Grounds
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
5,137.62 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:
448.68 MMBtu

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

Sterling College has 13 solar panels that move with the sun. This maximizes the amount of sunlight reaching the panels, which in turn maximizes the amount of electricity they generate for the campus. We added 11 of the 13 in February of 2016; we are hoping that the panels will generate 100% of our on-campus electrical needs.

The barns are also powered by a solar panel and a wind turbine.


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

A brief description of on-site renewable non-electric energy devices:
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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:
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Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass 4.50
Coal ---
Geothermal ---
Hydro 4.50
Natural gas ---
Nuclear 4.50
Solar photovoltaic 80
Wind ---
Other (please specify and explain below) 6.50

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

10% from our grid-purchased electricity comes from landfill gas generation; the remaining energy is obtained through spot market transactions.


Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass ---
Coal ---
Electricity ---
Fuel oil 97
Geothermal ---
Natural gas ---
Other (please specify and explain below) 3

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

Our fuel oil supplier uses a biofuel blend--depending on the temperature, our fuel oil is anywhere from 5 to 10% biofuels. The "other" heating source Sterling College uses is propane for one building.


Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:
8.73

According to Hardwick Electric, our utility for electricity, 45% of their energy needs come from green and renewable energy facilities utilizing solar, biomass, and hydro generating technologies. 10% in particular comes from hydroelectric dam built in 1912.

http://www.hardwickelectric.com

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