Green Power Partnership
|Organization Type||Education (Higher)|
|Percentage Green Power||37.3%|
|Percent of Green Power Use Third-Party Certified (excluding On-site)||95%|
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Oberlin College is an independent coeducational institution comprised of two divisions, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music. Beginning in 2004, Oberlin began purchasing green power as part of a comprehensive environmental policy initiated by College President Nancy Dye and developed by the College's Environmental Policy Advisory Committee. The premium that the College pays to purchase the green power will be funneled back into the community through a sustainable Energy Reserve Fund which will be used to create among other things energy renewal projects that benefit Oberlin residents. One very exciting development for Oberlin is that Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System's (OMPLS; the College's municipal utility) signed an agreement to purchase 90 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2015! In addition, the College is now purchasing electricity produced from a 2.27 megawatt (MW), tracking solar PV array installed on the College's property. The purchase includes the renewable energy certificates (RECs) from the expected three million kWh/yr installation, and will amount to approximately 12 percent of the College's annual electricity consumption. The first month of production was October 2012. Between OMLPS and the 2.27MW array, Oberlin College's electricity will be nearly 100 percent renewable by 2015!