Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.14
Liaison Jeff Spoelstra
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Western Michigan University
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 1.00 Isaac Green
Special Projects Coordinator
Office for Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
WMU Educational Solar Garden

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The educational solar garden goals are to provide an accessible solar installation that can be used for education and research and to provide seminars and educational opportunities to a full range of community groups.

The initial installation consists of two types of solar collectors, two different mounting systems, and two different solar to grid power inverters.

The educational focus is on the community and students. Our goal is to provide information and knowledge to those who need to know about solar energy and solar power related installations, such as firefighters and other first responders, government development, zoning and regulatory individuals and organizations, and those on close or nearby contact with installations, and those interested to know more, including students, businesses, and utility customers.

The installation generates 1 megawatt of energy annually, and is available as a resource to WMU students and faculty.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Research
Energy

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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