Increasing our use of renewable energy is an important part of Georgetown University’s approach to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions (new window) and creating a sustainable campus. In 2013, Georgetown was recognized as an EPA Green Power Partner of the Year (new window) in recognition of our work.
Learn more about what we’re doing via the links below.
Renewable Energy Initiatives
Off-site Solar: In fall 2017 Georgetown has announced a major off-site solar energy project with Origis Energy USA (new window) which will provide nearly half of the university’s power from solar by summer 2019.
1.1 MW On-Site Solar: On Earth Day 2017, Georgetown announced a major solar panel project to be installed on six buildings on campus, which will increase the university’s sustainability efforts, reduce costs and serve low-income residents in the city. Learn more >> (new window)
100% Renewable Electricity: As of FY13, GU requires green-e certified (new window) Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for 100% of electricity procured for the Main and Medical campuses. This helps GU meet our LEED green building targets, and makes Georgetown one of the top renewable energy purchasers among universities and college campuses in the US! Learn more >> (new window)
Solar Street: GU’s “Solar Street” project is a student-spearheaded, 18 KW solar PV array on the rooftops of 6 historic rowhouses at the campus’s Main Gates. Solar Street provides the same carbon reduction benefits as planting 333 new trees or removing 44 cars from the road for a year. Learn more >> (new window)
Historic Bunn Intercultural Center Solar Array: The original 300 kW Bunn Intercultural Center solar PV array was installed in 1984, and by 2013 was the longest running installation of its scale at any college campus in the country, producing over 5.8 million kWh over its lifetime. After an impressive 30 year life, the system will be replaced with a modern PV array in 2017 (new window).
Renewable Portfolio Standards: Forward-looking energy policies in our region, such as Washington, DC’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (new window), are helping reduce the carbon intensity of the local energy mix.