SRU recognizes the need to conserve energy as we transition away from fossil fuels and toward more renewable alternative energy sources. The grid-connected solar PV system serving the Harmony House at the Macoskey Center produces approximately 2,500 kWH per year.
By conserving energy, we reduce our current costs and carbon emissions, while reducing the future investments required to build new, more renewable, energy infrastructures. Our Climate Action Plan currently includes alternative energy uses by replacing coal with biomass as a heating fuel in our central heating plant, and by investing in large scale photovoltaic systems for on-site electrical generation.
In the meantime, SRU also purchases Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) equal to approximately 25% of our annual electrical usage to support the wind energy industry.
There are several locations around campus where solar photovoltaic and wind energy systems are being demonstrated, including:
- Solar photovoltaic and wind turbine demonstration systems at the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Research and Education
- Solar photovoltaic system at the Smith Student Center
- Windmill water aerator at the pond behind the Aebersold Recreation Center (ARC)