Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 92.73
Liaison Emmanuelle Jodoin
Submission Date Oct. 24, 2022

STARS v2.2

Université de Sherbrooke
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.12 / 4.00 Chantal Couture
Director General
Building Services
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Total energy consumption, performance year:
346,685.80 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 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, clean and renewable sources (rights retained/retired) 2,113,858 Kilowatt-hours 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:

The Université de Sherbrooke has two on-site renewable electricity generating facilities: the solar park and the geothermal facilities.

1- Solar Park Station

As part of a construction-research project, the University has a solar park and photovoltaic panels located in various places on the Main Campus and at the Parc innovation-ACELP. The solar park of the Université de Sherbrooke has a capacity of 1 MW and is the largest dedicated to applied research in Canada. At the heart of the Main Campus, an intelligent solar thermal plant has been installed, while an experimental plant with thermal storage is located at the Parc Innovation-ACELP. Solar panels have been installed on the roof of the Yvon Lamarche Sports Centre. The Innovation Park-ACELP is also equipped with 23 solar trackers, as well as 2 trackers located on the traffic circles of the Innovation Park-ACELP and the Main Campus. A solar thermal panel was also installed on the roof of the power plant to preheat the water for the boilers.

As a true technological demonstration site, the Université de Sherbrooke solar park reproduces the reality of isolated networks and connected micro-grids. It can be used to test different configurations: energy storage, transmission to the grid, and battery mode. It features five cutting-edge solar technologies: Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline, CPV, Bifacial, and Solar Thermal.

2- Geothermal facilities

The Université de Sherbrooke geothermal installations are deployed on four sites: the Longueuil campus, the Life Sciences Pavilion on the Main Campus, the School of Music on the Main Campus and the gymnasium on the Health Campus. A project to deploy a geothermal plant is underway for the Health Campus.

Clean and renewable thermal energy (report MMBtu):
Clean and renewable stationary fuels used on-site to generate thermal energy 3,368 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:

Since 2018-2019, the Université de Sherbrooke has been purchasing renewable natural gas every year from Energir.

Energir is a Quebec-based company specialized in the production of renewable natural gas. The process consists of recovering food waste by obtaining it from numerous producers in Quebec in order to transport it to biomethanization plants, where the gas is produced thanks to the decomposition of organic waste by microorganisms and then injected into the gas network. This energy is considered renewable as it is produced from organic compounds.

Between May 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021, the total of renewable natural gas (RNG) purchased is 275,027 m3. The purchase of RNG for the year 2022 will be substantially increased to 300,000 m3. This contribution has reduced emissions by 525 tons of CO2 over the past three years.

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 MMBtu

A brief description of the unbundled renewable energy products:

Total clean and renewable energy generated or purchased:

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

Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
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