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Energy Services Programs for Colleges and Universities

NYPA’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for publicly owned facilities save taxpayers money while they help clean the air. We have upgraded lighting and sensors in buildings throughout the state, installed boilers and chillers, mounted solar panels, replaced windows and developed energy management systems.

Photo of innovative fuel cell installed at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SyracuseNYPA has funded energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for public universities across the state. We have worked extensively with the State University of New York (SUNY) on campuses from Buffalo to Long Island and have embarked on a major program with the City University of New York (CUNY).

Photo of energy efficient lighting at University at BuffaloNYPA provides a full range of energy services and renewable energy programs. These include lighting upgrades, installation of efficient chillers and boilers and energy management systems.

NYPA worked in partnership with the University at Buffalo to install a 750-kilowatt solar energy array on UB’s North Campus in Amherst. The 3,200 photovoltaic panels comprising the project are providing power for hundreds of student apartments, cutting energy costs and reducing the university’s carbon footprint. The installation is specially designed to operate in a cold weather environment and to withstand heavy snowfall, serving as a benchmark for future systems in similar climates.

Photo of chiller installed at University at BuffaloSolar Strand immediately followed the launch by Governor Cuomo of NY-Sun, an initiative that has helped New York quadruple the amount of customer-sited solar power installed annually in the state.

At CUNY’s College of Staten Island, a major new energy-efficiency project, including upgrades for heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, occupancy sensors and new roofing, will produce savings in electricity and fuel costs of more than $900,000 a year. The $19.8 million project will enhance comfort levels at CSI’s Biological Sciences/Chemical Sciences Building while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 4,110 tons a year.

NYPA also partners with public universities to develop Green Zones in which traditional, polluting equipment is replaced with clean alternatives - both commercially available and new technologies. The program is targeted for parks, college campuses and other limited access areas. We work with our partners to identify appropriate equipment and provide technical assistance and co-funding to help with purchase and implementation. Participants are asked to provide data on the performance of the new vehicles and equipment and we calculate resulting emissions reductions and fuel savings.