Clean energy microgrid to power MSU College View development

By District Energy posted 11-29-2018 12:31


Mississippi State University


STARKVILLE, Miss.—An advanced energy system at Mississippi State’s new College View development will help the university continue to improve campus efficiency and resiliency.

College View, a public-private partnership between MSU and Greystar Real Estate Partners, will be powered by a clean energy microgrid developed by Blue Sky Power. The energy system will make College View’s housing and retail facilities more energy efficient and increase the area’s ability to avoid power outages.

The microgrid will reduce MSU’s carbon footprint by approximately 750 metric tons of carbon per year, resulting in $116,000 in annual energy savings.

“When we were presented with the possibility of this modern and efficient energy structure being a part of our College View project, we just didn’t see a downside,” said MSU Fiscal Operations Analyst Les Potts. “The innovative College View energy plan as presented was a first-of-a-kind for an IHL project that complemented the university’s on-going sustainability efforts. The idea that Greystar and MSU can provide the sort of exceptional living experience we intended for the students at reduced cost, improved resiliency, and with significantly reduced carbon output is very exciting.”

The microgrid contains a centralized electricity, heating and cooling plant that can operate independently in the event of a power outage, ensuring that College View remains fully operational, even during a failure of the larger electrical grid. The microgrid consists of a natural gas engine, an absorption chiller, central boiler and chiller plant.

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