Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.16
Liaison Mike Versteege
Submission Date June 24, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Alberta
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 4.00 Michael Versteege
Manager, Energy Management & Sustainable Operations
Facilities & Operations
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
2,963,043.37 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:
1,455 MMBtu

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

RENEWABLE ENERGY INSTALLATIONS - ELECTRIC
https://uab.ca/emso

The university has an ever-growing capacity for renewable energy. Currently, it is sitting at ~635 kW, including solar photovoltaic and solar thermal heating systems. The university plans to continue incorporation of renewable energy generation, including solar photovoltaic, solar thermal heating and potentially some geo-thermal into our $35-million, seven-year Next Generation Energy Management Program.

More information about the following renewable energy projects can also be found through interactive dashboards on the EMSO website.

SOLAR PV PROJECTS

Completed

- Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre: 122 kW building-integrated (Largest building-integrated solar PV installation for a post-secondary institution in Canada to date.)
- Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre: 35 kW roof-mounted
- Physical Activity and Wellness (PAW) Centre: 23 kW vertical
- Agriculture/Forestry Solarium: 10 kW building-integrated (in the solarium exterior glazing).
- Augustana Forum: 90 kW roof-mounted
- Nîpisîy House: 90 kW roof-mounted
- Miquelon Lake Research Station: 3.5 kW roof-mounted
- Dairy Research Facility: 90 kW roof-mounted
- Campus Saint Jean Pavillon McMahon: 26 kW roof-mounted

Under construction, estimated completion in 2020

- R. E. Phillips: 15 kW roof-mounted
- Chemical and Materials Engineering Building (CMEB): 60 kW roof-mounted
- Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Facility / Engineering Teaching and learning Complex (ECERF/ETLC): 50 kW roof-mounted
- Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering (DICE): 90 kW roof-mounted
- Education Centre South: 25 kW vertical bifacial

Under construction, estimated completion beyond 2020

- Dentistry Pharmacy - 175 kW roof-mounted
- Mackenzie Hall - 125 kW vertical and roof-mounted
- Henday Hall - 125 kW vertical and roof-mounted
- Kelsey Hall - 125 kW vertical and roof-mounted

OTHER SOLAR POWER EXAMPLES

Other examples of solar-power use on across UAlberta’s campuses include:
- Solar-powered trash compactors in high waste volume locations
- 45 solar-powered parking dispensers installed in a number of surface lots and short term parking lots on North and South Campus
- 1 solar powered charging station/picnic table at Augustana Campus
- 3 solar powered street lights at Augustana Campus with battery storage.
- 2 solar powered Soofa charging stations on North campus with battery storage donated by the Friends of the University of Alberta Society.
- Solar-powered pedestrian crossing signs in a high pedestrian traffic area on North Campus. The signs are equipped with sensors designed to recognize a moving vehicle up to 40 feet away and light up to warn the vehicle it is entering a high pedestrian traffic site.


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

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

RENEWABLE ENERGY INSTALLATIONS - NON-ELECTRIC
https://uab.ca/emso

More information about the following renewable energy projects can also be found through interactive dashboards on the EMSO website.

NORTH CAMPUS

In 2015, a 133 kW array of solar-thermal panels was installed on the Physical Activity and Wellness (PAW) Centre. The energy the panels produce is used for domestic water heating within the building and contributes to heating the east swimming pool.

Data for these panels is not included in the total non-electric renewable generated on-site that were reported for the performance year because the panels were temporarily inactive during that period of time.

AUGUSTANA CAMPUS

In May 2010, Augustana Campus installed a 13 kW solar-thermal system on the roof of Convocation Centre. The energy produced is used to relieve the water-heating requirements of the campus gym and cafeteria.


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:
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 ---
Coal ---
Geothermal ---
Hydro ---
Natural gas ---
Nuclear ---
Solar photovoltaic ---
Wind ---
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of electricity not specified above:
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Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass ---
Coal ---
Electricity ---
Fuel oil ---
Geothermal ---
Natural gas ---
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:
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Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:
0.05

NOTES:

Measured electricity production values were available for three of the university's solar PV installations and were used in the calculations for this credit. For the remainder of the renewable energy production (solar PV and solar thermal), estimates of annual energy production were used because measured data was not available.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBLE PARTY:

Michelle Hauer
Program Coordinator
Energy Management and Sustainable Operations
Facilities & Operations

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