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Transition to renewable energy to power your campus. Install renewable energy systems on your campus or in a cooperative arrangement in your region. Your school’s on-site power systems could use a combination of options including photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, geothermal, and biomass. Buy or lease the needed equipment on your own or in partnership with other schools. Assess your energy needs, consult with a renewable energy specialist, and check with your local municipality or utility company for green power options and rebates and incentives.

Utilities and companies offer green power programs that allow the purchase of a portion of your electricity from renewable sources through renewable energy credits (RECs) or carbon offsets from local, national, or international sources. Check with your utility company and companies that provide green power to determine your best options.

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Kristina Aksenova
Please read this study on Solar in US Higher Education Institutions published in September 2014. Great findings and case studies! http://thesolarfoundation.org/sites/thesolarfoundation.org/files/SOLAR-SCHOOLS-REPORT-FINAL.pdf