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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 73.90
Liaison Pegah Djamzad
Submission Date Oct. 5, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Simon Fraser University
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 4.00 Bernard Chan
Energy Manager
Facilities Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
490,942 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:
34.10 MMBtu

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

Solar Photovoltaic Panels
In the summer of 2008, SFU installed 54 solar photovoltaic panels on the south face of the Facilities Management Building to convert sunlight to electricity. It is a demonstration project and the purpose is to collect data to determine the efficiency of the solar photovoltaic array.

The panels can generate up to 10 kilowatts of power, and about 10,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. On average, a typical household in the Lower Mainland consumes 8,900 kilowatt hours of electricity.

The project allows SFU to offset 250 kg of greenhouse gas annually.


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

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

Solar Hot Water Panels
In the summer of 2008, SFU installed 2 sets of solar collectors on the roof of the Facilities Management Building.
The solar hot water system utilizes the energy from the sunlight to heat the water. It is designed to work with the domestic hot water heater in the building. In the system, a heating fluid (Glycol) is pumped into the solar collectors where it is heated. The heated fluid is then pumped into a heat exchanger where the heat is transferred to the water.

The solar hot water system not only provides domestic hot water to the building, but it also helps SFU reduce natural gas consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The system allows SFU to reduce about 40 GJ of natural gas and offset about 2,000 kg of greenhouse gas annually.


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:
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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:
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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 0
Coal 0
Geothermal 0
Hydro 0
Natural gas 0
Nuclear 0
Solar photovoltaic 0
Wind 0
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of electricity not specified above:
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Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass ---
Coal ---
Electricity ---
Fuel oil ---
Geothermal ---
Natural gas ---
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:
0.01

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.