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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.70
Liaison David Gibson
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Hampshire College
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 4.00 Todd Holland
Projects and Operations Manager
Facilities & Grounds
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
66,559 MMBtu

Total clean and renewable electricity generated on site during the performance year and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes:
14 MMBtu

A brief description of on-site renewable electricity generating devices :

Hampshire College generated 367,154 kWh (1253 mmBtu) from on-site solar sources in FY2017. The seven systems, now poised to make 100% of our electricity, are:

1. A 37-kW solar array on top of the College's Arts Village canopy, a roofed, open-sided structure that connects four buildings.

2. A 5-kW solar array on the roof of the LEED Gold certified Ken Burns Wing of the Jerome Liebling Center.

3. A 17-kW solar array at the Farm Center's CSA Barn, mounted on the roof and the ground.

4. A 14-kW ground-mounted dual-axis tracking solar array at the president's house.

5. A 99-kW roof-mounted solar array on the RW Kern Center.

6. A 1797-kW ground-mount solar array on nine-acre Field I in Amherst.

7. A 1728-kW ground-mount solar array on nine-acre Field K in Hadley.

All capacities in kW AC. Systems 1 and 2 have been operation since 2010. Systems 3-5 were operational in 2016. System 6 was operational in 2017, System 7 in 2018. Peak-shaving battery storage systems are installed but not fully operational for Systems 6 and 7.

Present estimated output is 100% for Systems 1-5, 50% for System 6, and 0% for System 7.

The Massachusetts SRECs for all but one solar PV (System 2) are sold. Hampshire College will own the RECs from the two large solar fields (systems 6 and 7) starting in 2028.

Starting FY2018, Green-e certified replacement RECs will be purchased under a three-year contract from Sterling Planet, enough to cover 100% of campus electricity use plus a contingency, 23,200 mmBtu.


Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site, performance year:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of on-site renewable non-electric energy devices:

N/A


Total clean and renewable electricity generated by off-site projects that the institution catalyzed and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes, performance year:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of off-site, institution-catalyzed, renewable electricity generating devices:

N/A


Total third-party certified RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products (including renewable electricity purchased through a utility-provided certified green power option) purchased during the performance year:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of the RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products, including contract timeframes:

Replacement RECs for all on-site renewable energy systems are now under contract, which was not finalized during the performance year.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass 8.20
Coal 2.36
Geothermal 0
Hydro 5.27
Natural gas 49.78
Nuclear 30.40
Solar photovoltaic 0.66
Wind 2.46
Other (please specify and explain below) 0.88

A brief description of other sources of electricity not specified above:

The above data is the resource mix taken from the USEPA's eGRID2016 data tables for the New England (NEWE) region.

Other includes:
0.64% oil generation
0.14% other fossil fuels
0.10% unknown


Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass ---
Coal ---
Electricity 34
Fuel oil ---
Geothermal ---
Natural gas 66
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:
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Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:
0.02

Hampshire College generated 367,154 kWh (1253 mmBtu) from on-site solar sources in FY2017.

Replacement RECs for all on-site renewable energy systems are now under contract, which was not finalized during the performance year.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.