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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 66.35
Liaison Ben Champion
Submission Date May 2, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Arizona
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.01 / 4.00 Benjamin Champion
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
2,989,955 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:
3,914 MMBtu

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

The renewable (solar) energy generated onsite is not owned by the UA but does reduce UA's fossil fuel dependence. The projects currently in use onsite are photovoltaic and solar thermal. Below is a list of the names, addresses, type, technology employed, and emissions offset through use of the technology.

1) McClelland Park
a. Location: 650 N. Park Ave, Tucson, AZ
b. Size: 75.68 kWdc-STC
c. Type: Photovoltaic
d. Number and Type of Module: 352 Kyocera KD215GX-LP modules
e. 89.9 Tons of CO2 emissions offset

2) McClelland Hall
a) Location: 1130 E. Helen St., Tucson, AZ
b) Size: 316.48 kWdc-STC
c) Type: Photovoltaic
d) Number and Type of Module: 1472 Kyocera KD215GX-LP modules
e) 385 Tons of CO2 emissions offset

3) Student Recreation Center
a) Location: 1400 E. 6th St., Tucson, AZ
b) Size: 27.52 kWdc-STC
c) Type: Photovoltaic
d) Number and Type of Module: 128 Kyocera KD215GX-LP modules
e) 32.3 Tons of CO2 emissions offset

4) Second Street Garage
a) Location: N. Mountain Ave & E 2nd St., Tucson, AZ
b) Size: 245 kWdc-STC
c) Type: Photovoltaic
d) Number and Type of Module: 1168 Kyocera KD210GX-LP modules
e) 286 Tons of CO2 emissions offset - Equivalent to the electricity use of 34.8 homes for one year

5) Student Recreation Center (Solar Thermal Pool Heating & Campus Chilled Water Loop Chilling)
a) Location: 1400 E. 6th St., Tucson, AZ
b) Size: 987 kW-equivalent (2.9 mmBtu/hr)
c) Type: Solar thermal
d) Number and Type of Module: 346 Sunda SEIDO solar collector modules
e) 1317 Tons of CO2 emissions offset

6) Hillenbrand Diving Facility (Solar Thermal Pool Heating)
a) Location: 1827 E. Enke Drive, Tucson, AZ
b) Size: 109 kW-equivalent (0.7 mmBtu/hr) pool heating
c) Type: Solar thermal
d) Number and Type of Module: 50 Solar Skies Model SS-40 glazed flat plate collectors
e) 124 Tons of CO2 emissions offset


Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site, performance year:
6,040 MMBtu

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

Evacuated tube solar collecters on the roof of the Student Recreation Center Addition heat a glycol mix used to warm the Student Recreation Center pool (720 kgal). In the warmer months, excess heat is used to generate chilled water through an absorption chiller.

Thermal coiled tubing collectors on the roof of Mary Roby Gymnastics Facility heat pool water for a 1.2 Mgal diving pool adjacent to the building.


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:

https://techparks.arizona.edu/leading-edge/solar-zone

The UA Tech Park Solar Zone includes 23 MW of installed solar electric
generating capacity. It was developed as a UA research initiative in
partnership with Tucson Electric Power and a number of private solar
technology companies, and is the largest grid-level, multi-technology
solar testing, demonstration and evaluation facility in the country.

The UA Tech Park, a unit of Tech Launch Arizona, is located on property
owned by the University of Arizona (Arizona Board of Regents) . The Tech
Park is operated by Campus Research Corporation, Inc. ("CRC"), a
non-profit corporation that is a component unit affiliate of the UA,
pursuant to two Master Leases. The UA Tech Park, which includes a UA
South Campus, the Tech Parks Arizona offices and the Arizona Center for
Innovation, is integral to the UA’s academic and research programs. The
Tech Park serves as a key element of the UA's technology
commercialization efforts, providing unique research facilities for UA
students and faculty, as well as numerous internship and employment
opportunities for students and recent graduates.


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:
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 48.08
Geothermal 0
Hydro 0
Natural gas 49.73
Nuclear 0
Solar photovoltaic 1.50
Wind 0.60
Other (please specify and explain below) 0.10

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

Landfill gas through Tucson Electric Power Co.


Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass 0
Coal 0
Electricity 5.30
Fuel oil 0
Geothermal 0
Natural gas 94.70
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:
0.33

Data updated for FY15, as of February 2016

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.