Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Shane Stennes
Submission Date Dec. 15, 2015
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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
OP-9: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 4.00 August Horner
Sustainability Student Asst
Office of Sustainability
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Total energy consumption (all sources, transportation fuels excluded), performance year:
3,818,594 MMBtu

Clean and renewable energy from the following sources::
Performance Year
Option 1: Clean and renewable electricity generated on-site during the performance year and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes 0 MMBtu
Option 2: Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site 0 MMBtu
Option 3: 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: Purchased third-party certified RECs and similar renewable energy products (including renewable electricity purchased through a certified green power purchasing option) 0 MMBtu

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

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities has a 38.4 kilowatt solar array on the roof of the University Office Plaza Building (2221 University Avenue). The campus’s second solar array reduces CO2 emissions, provide research opportunities and promote clean energy technology, research and development. It is expected to generate 3.8% of the building’s electricity (approximately 45,800 kilowatt hours per year) and reduce emissions by 38 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. The RECs are not owned by the University, but have been retained by the investor owned utility, Xcel, and are retired on the behalf of utility customers.

The panels are equipped with technology that allows for remote monitoring of individual panel performance. In addition, a meteorological station was installed on the roof to provide information about weather and its impacts on the solar array. Data from these systems will aid campus research and be made public on a website in the future.


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 the RECs and/or similar renewable energy products:
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The website URL where information about the institution's renewable energy sources is available:

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