Sunday Mid-day Learning Opps

Curtailing Energy Costs with Renewable Energy Purchase Agreements

  • Sunday, July 22
  • 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM
  • Long Beach Conv Center
  • Level 1, 103C
  • SK


There has been a dramatic change in feasibility and implementation of renewable energy in the last decade. The University at Buffalo has invested in four diverse renewable energy projects both off and on campus, nearby, and using off-site renewables, one multi-partnering contract is one of the largest known renewable energy initiative in higher education. Presenters will outline the model of integrative change and how solar can be evolved, scaled, adapted, and replicated. These new “solar plus” initiatives are multidimensional; they merge teaching, learning, art, research, sustainability, and community engagement into a complex and powerful resource that will be a model for future development—all while generating needed power for campus and reducing the long-term financial risks associated with volatile and growing energy costs.

Learning Objectives

  • Achieve a basic understanding of solar opportunities occurring on campuses, from small, pilot “behind the meter” initiatives to large-scale and multiple-partner projects.
  • Examine the fundamental financial benefits of large renewable energy projects, including long-term budget planning, energy price risk avoidance, and cost control.
  • Learn how to integrate projects into all aspects of the university: teaching, research, engagement, and operations.