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Energy to Lead Competition 2017


The REV Campus Challenge administered the Energy to Lead Competition 2017, which spanned the 2017-2018 academic year. NYSERDA is awarding up to $3 million in this round of the Energy to Lead competition to the colleges or universities with the leading solutions for implementing replicable clean energy projects that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For the purposes of this competition, clean energy is inclusive of energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy.


NYSERDA is pleased to announce the three award-winning colleges and universities. These teams proposed the best solutions for reducing or mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emission using energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy opportunities and will each receive up to $1 million to help implement their plans. The three winners are Rochester Institute of Technology, Suffolk County Community College, and the University of Rochester.

Rochester Institute of Technology’s “Energy Conservation through Dynamic Airflow and Peak-Demand Analytics” project will create an open-source platform that enables an existing building’s automation system to dynamically conserve energy. The project will integrate multiple data sources to manage the building’s operation schedule, establish a green revolving fund to leverage savings for future clean energy projects, and provide workforce development opportunities for facility staff and students.

Suffolk County Community College’s “Renewable Energy and STEM Center” project will implement net zero energy components during construction of its Renewable Energy and STEM Center. The project will showcase clean energy technologies to the broader community, promote student engagement in clean energy projects, and integrate curricula to develop a qualified workforce.

University of Rochester will implement the “Toward Net Zero: A Scalable Solar Generation and Energy Storage Solution” project, which includes installation of a modular, combination solar power and energy storage system that feeds the existing university microgrid. The project will integrate solar power with innovative battery technologies for improved performance and savings, support research on solar energy production and energy storage, and provide curriculum and research opportunities based on clean energy innovation.


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