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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 71.76
Liaison Trina Innes
Submission Date Oct. 10, 2014
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STARS v1.2

University of Alberta
OP-8: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.30 / 7.00 Michael Versteege
Manager, Energy Management & Sustainable Operations
Facilities & Operations
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Option 1: 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 :
98.27 MMBtu

Option 2: Non-electric renewable energy generated:
60.61 MMBtu

Option 3: 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 :
0 MMBtu

Option 4: Total RECs and other similar renewable energy products that the institution purchased during the performance year that are Green-e certified or meet the Green-e standard's technical requirements and are third party verified:
0 MMBtu

Option 5: Total electricity generated with cogeneration technology using non-renewable fuel sources :
394,532.97 MMBtu

Total energy consumed during the performance year :
2,277,664.80 MMBtu

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

The Medical Isotope & Cyclotron Facility on the U of A’s South Campus is a redevelopment of the Balmoral Curling Rink. It has a 26 KW building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) installation that produced 28.8 MWh (98.27 MMBtu) of energy in the 2012 fiscal year.

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

In May 2010, Augustana Campus installed 10 solar-thermal panels on the roof of Convocation Centre. The energy produced is used to relieve the water-heating requirements of the campus gym and cafeteria. Frequent updates of energy savings and carbon savings are available at the following URL:

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


A brief description of RECs or other similar renewable energy products purchased during the previous year, including contract timeframes:


A brief description of cogeneration technologies deployed:

The University District Energy System uses STG-1 cogeneration technology with a 13 MW steam turbine generator that was installed in 1994 - producing power while reducing pressure on the heating system. Because power generation is directly related to heating load, peak power production occurs during the winter months when it is needed most.
Additionally, a 26.4 MW condensing steam turbine generator was installed in 2000. This generator operates independently of the heating load.
In total, the University District Energy System can produce approximately 30 per cent of North Campus’ peak energy needs.

The website URL where information about the institution's renewable energy sources is available:

The university plans to continue incorporation of renewable energy generation, including solar photovoltaic, solar thermal heating and potentially some geo-thermal into our $35-million, seven-year Next Generation Energy Management Program. The following renewable projects are under way:

Solar PV Projects - Completed
○ Medical Isotope and Cyclotron Facility (MICF): 23 kW building integrated solar PV complete.
○ Camrose Performing Arts Centre (CPAC): 122 kW building integrated solar. Largest building-integrated solar photovoltaic installation in Canada to date.

Solar PV Projects - In Progress
○ R. E. Phillips: 15 kW solar PV under construction.
○ CMEB: potential 60 kW solar PV project under design.
○ ECERF/ETLC: potential 50 kW solar PV under design.
○ Innovation Centre for Engineering (ICE): potential 75 kW solar PV project under design.
○ Physical Activity and Wellness (PAW) Centre: 20 kW
○ Universiade Pavilion: 55 kW integrated solar PV in the building cladding under design.
○ Ag For Solarium: 20 kW integrated solar PV in the solarium exterior under design.

Solar Thermal Projects - Completed
○ Augustana Forum: 13 kW solar thermal installation

Solar Thermal Projects - In Progress
○ Physical Activity and Wellness (PAW) Centre: 133 kW solar thermal installation in progress
○ Augustana system expansion: 10 kW solar thermal expansion planned

Alternative Energy Projects - In Progress
○ Li Ka Shing: undertaking a pilot program using a 250 kW steam microturbine generator for localized alternative energy power generation. Final construction.

Other examples of solar-power use on North Campus include the recent purchase of 10 solar-powered electric grounds carts used by the Buildings and Grounds Services staff, the installation of solar-powered trash compactors in high waste volume locations and 45 solar-powered parking dispensers installed in a number of surface lots and short term parking lots on North and South Campus. More recently the university has installed two solar-powered pedestrian crossing signs in a high pedestrian traffic area on North Campus. The signs are equipped with sensors designed to recognize a moving vehicle up to 40 feet away and light up to warn the vehicle it is entering a high pedestrian traffic site.

NOTE: With the exception of the Augustana Campus solar thermal panels, the data presented is for the 2012-2013 fiscal year and were collected during regular utilities monitoring. Augustana Campus’ solar thermal panels are measured separately and the data is an approximation of energy produced for the 2012 calendar year.

Additional Responsible Parties:

Name: Chris Blades
Department: Facilities & Operations
Position: Facilities Manager

Name: Terry Nonay
Department: Utility Services Manager
Position: Facilities and Operations

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