Rowan University is a public institution of higher education in the State of New Jersey in the United States (US). The first institution to commit to climate neutrality in the state is now undertaking its first major capital project (over $40M USD) designed to bring its climate footprint towards its ultimate goal of zero by installing a 10-MW grid connected photovoltaic system (to be the 8th largest PV system in the US.) Using a public private partnership and a power purchase agreement the university will begin its major sustainability initiatives without spending any of its own capital resources. This first step is funded by a third party capable of taking advantage of federal tax incentives that this non-profit institution is not eligible for. Buying the system back in the future will enable the University to achieve reductions in its climate footprint now, achieve immediate energy savings and embark on cutting edge research and development at its South Jersey Technology Park location. This model is useful to other industries and organizations seeking to become sustainable at low or no cost. This paper describes the many benefits of the project and its role in the university’s quest for sustainability as a campus.
|Keywords:||Sustainability, Photovoltaics, University Campus, Climate Neutrality, Power Purchase Agreement|
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