Universities & Colleges

Opportunities to improve the future

31% of total energy use in typical college or university classroom buildings goes to lighting. 28% accounts for heating. With U.S. colleges and universities spending an average of $1.10 per square foot on electricity, those systems are great places to start saving money.

Go to the head-of-the-class with energy efficiency

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Energy efficiency paves the way for higher achievements. Like small cities, campuses include everything from classrooms, offices, and laboratory facilities to restaurants, sports arenas, and residential housing. Energy efficiency can improve student, faculty, and staff comfort while reducing operating expenses. ... MORE
It also creates better learning environments, which can boost student performance, overall innovation, and staff retention.

Teach by example

Investing in clean energy on campus reduces your energy bills while educating the community about renewable energy options. Depending on its location, your campus could take advantage of solar, wind, biomass, and/or geothermal resources in addition to energy efficiency.

Start a career in clean energy

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New York State has clean energy training programs for a range of skill sets — from entry-level workers joining the renewable energy, energy efficiency, and emerging technology sectors to seasoned professionals looking to sharpen their technical skills and move up the career ladder.

 

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Solar Electric Program (NY-Sun)

Provides incentives and financing to make solar-generated electricity accessible and affordable for all New York homeowners, renters, and businesses. Using solar can help lower energy costs compared to using conventionally generated electricity. Additional program components include training for installers and public officials, standardized permitting processes, and consumer education.

Renewable Heat NY

Supports the installation of high-efficiency, low emission wood heating technology for residential, municipal, and commercial buildings. These advanced technology heating systems enable consumers to use local wood pellets and cordwood as fuel in a cleaner way. Technologies include stoves and pellet and cordwood boilers with thermal storage, many of which are made right here in New York State.

*Renters need permission from landlords to move forward.
 

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For general inquiries, contact:
1-866-NYSERDA
Adele Ferranti
Clean Energy Workforce Development and Training
518-862-1090 x3206
 
 

Research & Technical Reports

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