University of Minnesota makes long-term commitment to clean energy

By District Energy posted 08-15-2017 00:00

  

Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News

Summary

By next year more than 20 percent of the electricity needs of the University of Minnesota will be powered by renewable energy.

Over the course of the last several months, the university has inked a 10-year subscription to a new green tariff program developed by Xcel Energy. It joins a list of clean energy investments that includes a much bigger deal to purchase power from four community solar gardens for a combined total of 24.5 megawatts (MW) and construction on its own 2.25-MW solar program.

“We’ve pledged to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions from operations to zero as fast as possible,” said Shane Stennes, the university’s sustainability director.

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