Green Power Partnership
|Location||New London, NH|
|Organization Type||Education (Higher)|
|Percentage Green Power||100.2%|
|Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product?||Yes|
|Environmental Web Page|
In August 2013 Colby-Sawyer College again signed a three year contract to acquire renewable energy certificates (RECs) for 100 percent of its electricity usage (totaling approximately 3,620,361 kWh per year, which is up from our previous usage of 3,400,000 kWh.) The Scope 2 emissions created during this power generation accounted for 43 percent of the college’s total carbon footprint during the baseline Greenhouse Gas Inventory conducted by our students in 2008. When the college initially made the decision to purchase RECs in 2010 President Galligan had announced, “The college is extremely excited about this new contract because it helps us make huge positive strides in our goal to reduce our carbon footprint and live more sustainably.” He also mentioned that we had dreamed about, “someday creating our own renewable energy right here on campus.” Since then that dream has become a reality because at the end of 2012 Colby-Sawyer installed a demonstration-scale wind turbine and pole-mounted solar array, as well as a large, roof-mounted 127 kW solar PV system, which was one of the largest in the state of New Hampshire. We have also invested in a comprehensive, campus-wide energy efficiency project that stands to save the college approximately $140,000 annually.