February 2011 - Colorado State University (CSU), located in Fort Collins, Colorado, has installed a 5.3 megawatt (MW) solar plant that is now producing electricity. The plant is owned and operated by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures and Xcel Energy is buying the renewable energy certificates. According to CSU, the purchase of the RECs helped offset construction costs. CSU will purchase the power from the plant under a fixed rate for the next 20 years.
News Release - One of the largest solar plants at a U.S. university now open on Foothills Campus
Additional Information (video) - Colorado State University Hosts One of Largest Solar Plants at a U.S. University
Contact: Emily Wilmsen, 970-491-2336
April 2007 - Colorado State University (CSU) announced plans to develop a wind energy project to serve its entire electricity load and provide a large-scale outdoor laboratory for students and researchers. The project, to be located on 11,000 acres of university-owned land in Northern Colorado, would generate a minimum of 65 megawatts (MW) with the potential of up to 200 MW. At peak demand, CSU currently uses about 16 MW of power. CSU hopes to begin construction of the project within two years. In 2004, CSU became one of the first universities in the nation to offer residence hall and university apartment students the option to purchase wind energy.
News Release - Colorado State to Build Wind Farm to Offset All Energy Use as Part of Environmental Commitment
News Article - CSU Planning its Own Wind Farm
April 2004 - Colorado State University (CSU), a land-grant university located in Fort Collins, CO, will offer students living in university residence halls a wind power purchase option. CSU, with an enrollment of 25,000 students, is believed to be the first university in the nation to allow on-campus residents to choose wind energy.
Beginning in the fall of 2004, the approximately 5,000 students living in residence halls will have the option to purchase 100% wind energy for their rooms at a cost of $17 annually. The typical residence hall student uses about 1,600 kWh of electricity during the nine-month school year.
Students will receive a wind power flyer in packets to be mailed in the summer and will also have the opportunity to sign up for wind power once they arrive on campus. The wind power will be supplied by Fort Collins Utilities through its Wind Power Program.
News Release - Colorado State First University in the United States to Offer Choice of Wind Power to Campus Residents
CSU Contact: Brad Bohlander (970) 491-1545